|LIC Building, Chennai|
Because there's a lot of land surrounding the city, Chennai is still expanding horizontally. Until 1998, the builders of Chennai were only allowed to build up to a height of 40m. That has changed now and the big development companies have descended, causing the skyline to undergo a striking redevelopment.
Chennai may not be New York just yet: the city centre Radisson Blu is one of the tallest buildings in the city, and only stands at 13 storeys. However, the following buildings, some rising to 20 storeys or more, are heralding a change for the city.
The Radisson Blu City CentreQuite a few hotels in the city can boast skyscraper status, but the Radisson Blu definitely offers some of the best Chennai accommodation. With 12 storeys (and five stars) you get a great view over the city centre.
The Towers of Hiranandani Upscale EggaturThe Brentwood, Pinewood, Birchwood, Greenwood, Seawood, Beachwood, and Oceanic towers share the title of tallest building in Chennai. Each stands at 104 meters, and boast 28 storeys. Despite being located in Chennai's IT hub, the tallest buildings are not designed for business. They're there to provide upscale living for city residents, with a few commercial opportunities such as clubhouses and shops.
The development is about to welcome two even taller skyscrapers: Bayview with 36 floors, and the record smashing Seagull with 40 floors.