Christened after the Pimento (Allspice) tree which smells like a combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg and grew on the land where the Maratt Pimento now stands, in many ways both are combinations that leave a trail of pleasure on the senses. The design of Pimento which stands 25 floors high is based on the circle which Greek scholar Proclus described as “the first, simplest and most perfect form” and has become a landmark like its first resident Mr. Rajan proudly exclaims. An investment banker with vast experience abroad and in India, he is very happy and satisfied with his choice. He goes on to say that it has become common to use the “circular building” as a reference while navigation to any of the leisure or entertainment activities available on that stretch. From the early cavemen to today’s sophisticate shelter has played a pivotal role in determining the quality of life. The home is synonymous with safety, warmth and a sense of belonging. Underpinning this has been the design of the home – in a manner that is simple yet resilient and the circle has been the most often used design for maximum benefit.
As cultures evolved throughout the world, while they were differences, the one constant that remained was the shape. From native American Hogans and Tipis to the Yurts of Central Asia to the roundhouses of Southern Africa and the Igloos of the Artic, the circle has been the preferred building shape, and naturally so, for the circular shape is strong and efficient in several ways ranging from fantastic acoustics, forcing focus on a particular spot, optimum natural air circulation and light, and the most significant perhaps the resilience that the structure attains because of curved walls and lesser surface area that is exposed to the elements of nature.