For 80 years, the Pentagon held the distinction of being the world’s largest office building. However, that title has now been claimed by a newly constructed building in Surat, Gujarat. Surat is renowned as the global hub for gemstones, with 90 percent of the world’s diamonds being cut in the city. The Surat Diamond Bourse, a 15-story structure spread across 35 acres, will serve as a comprehensive center for over 65,000 diamond professionals, including cutters, polishers, and traders.
The building features nine interconnected rectangular structures, forming a central spine. With over 7.1 million square feet of floor space, it is considered one of the most expansive complexes in the world. The official inauguration of the Surat Diamond Bourse is scheduled for November this year, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to perform the honors. The construction of the building took four years to complete.
The complex also includes a recreational zone and a parking area spanning 20 lakh square feet, providing convenience and amenities for its occupants. The Surat Diamond Bourse is a not-for-profit organization established and promoted by SDB Diamond Bourse, a company registered under the Companies Act, 2013, with the objective of establishing and promoting a Diamond Bourse in Surat, Gujarat.
Mahesh Gadhavi, the CEO of the project, highlighted that the new building complex will save thousands of individuals from the daily commute to Mumbai by train for business purposes. The design of the building was carried out by Indian architecture firm Morphogenesis, following an international design competition.
With the Surat Diamond Bourse, the city aims to strengthen its position as a leading diamond trading destination and provide a comprehensive platform for the diamond industry professionals operating in Surat.