Victoria Terminus, popularly known as VT, the historic monument, stands tall as a heritage site in India. The station building was designed in the High Victorian Gothic style of architecture. The building exhibits a fusion of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Indian architecture. The skyline, turrets, pointed arches, and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It serves as the headquarters of Central Railway, and is one among the busiest railway stations in the world. Owing to the millions of people using the CST, there is a need for affordable accommodation for passengers serviced apartments has really been the brainchild of Lake Bloom Residency, which has built these serviced apartments with great care and sensitivity. Externally, the wood carving, tiles, ornamental iron and brass railings, grills for the ticket offices, the balustrades for the grand staircases and other ornaments were the work of students at the JJ School of Art. The station stands as an example of 19th century railway architectural marvels for its advanced structural and technical solutions.
The VT railway station with all its architectural grandeur was constructed using high level of engineering both in terms of railway engineering and civil engineering. It is one of the first and is considered as one of the finest products of the use of industrial revolution technology merged with revival of the Gothic Revival style In India and the railway station has millions of travellers on a daily basis both locally and nationally. Therefore there is a dire need of serviced apartments which has been provided by Lake Bloom Residency for the benefit of tourists and travellers.
These serviced apartments by Lake Bloom Residency have all facilities and are well equipped to cater to the needs of the travellers who in an expensive city like Mumbai are always on a lookout of affordable accommodation. Many come to study like architects. The centrally domed office structure has a 330 feet long platform connected to a 1,200 feet long train shed, and its outline provides the skeleton plan for building and offers a great subject for study and analysis.
VT’s dome of dovetailed ribs, built without centering, was considered as a novel achievement of the era. The interior of the building was conceived as a series of large rooms with high ceilings. It is a utilitarian building and has had various changes required by the users, not always sympathetic. It has a C-shaped plan, which is symmetrical on an east-west axis. All the sides of the building are given equal value in the design. It is crowned by a high central dome, which acts as the focal point. The dome is an octagonal ribbed structure with a colossal female figure symbolizing Progress, holding a torch pointing upwards in her right hand and a spoked wheel in her left hand. The side wings enclose the courtyard, which opens on to the street.