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Surat Diamond Bourse (India) surpasses the Pentagon (USA)

As world’s LARGEST office building Guinness World Records: Located in the Indian state of #Gujarat, almost 300 km north of #Mumbai, is the city of #Surat, where around 90% of the world’s #DIAMOND supply is polished and cut.

Nestled in the heart of this city is the newly constructed #SuratDiamondBourse, which officially opens its doors later this year and is poised to become a central hub for the #diamondindustry, accommodating over 65,000 professionals including #cutters, #polishers, and #traders.

The sprawling complex boasts an incredible 659,611 m² (7.1 million sq. ft) of floor space, spanning 35 acres of #land, surpassing the USA’s #Pentagon as the world’s largest #office building.

The #bourse is made up of nine interconnected towers - each with 15 floors - emanating from a central ‘spine’.

This architectural marvel has been years in the making. The project was initiated in 2015, and despite progress slowing during the #COVID19 pandemic, construction promptly resumed post-lockdown and was completed in 2022.

It houses a staggering 4,700 office spaces, many of which can serve as small #workshops for diamond cutting and polishing. Each office is strategically connected by a central corridor.

The complex also offers a plethora of amenities for its occupants, such as dining facilities, retail spaces, wellness centres, conference rooms, and 131 elevators to #travel between them all.

The development cost 32 billion rupees (£303 million; $388 million) in total.

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