Surat is already the city where around 90% of all the planet’s diamonds are cut. But now, the Indian city in the state of Gujarat has a record-breaking building to house its mammoth diamond industry.
The newly-opened Surat Diamond Bourse is billed as a one-stop destination for over 65,000 diamond professionals, including cutters, polishers and traders.
Featuring a succession of nine rectangular structures spilling out from — and interconnected via — a central spine, the sprawling 15-story complex has been built across more than 35 acres of land.
The trading center’s architects say it comprises over 7.1 million square feet of floor space, which would mean it has surpassed the Pentagon as the world’s largest office building as per CNN. The cost of the building is said to be ₹3,200 crore.