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  1. 1. The architect who redefined the skyline of India By: Suneeta Bodapati 27th August 2012 1
  2. 2. Birth : Yr 1950Place : Mumbai, IndiaEducation :1975 - Graduate diploma in architecture fromthe University of Mumbai 1977 - Graduation and MS in Architecture fromColumbia University, New York CityAffiliation:Member of the Bombay Heritage Committee and New DelhiLutyens Bungalow Zone Review Committee. Ar. Hafeez ContractorCompany : Architect HC (est. Yr 1983) 2
  3. 3. Beach MumbaiVastu, house, Mandwa DY Patil statdium Hiranandani, Powai Infosys, Bangalore DLF, Gurgaon Le Meridian,Mysore Infosys, Pune DLF Pinnacle, Gurgaon Osho ashram, Pune Minerva, Mumbai 42, Kolkata Some of the works by HC 3
  4. 4. OSHO Ashram, PuneThe architecture of the Osho Commune is striking inits subtlety as it integrates into the lush greensurrounds.It is the centre from which Bhagwan Rajneesh(Osho) institutes his philosophical teachings.The design highlights the pyramid- the oldestexisting monumental form, to epitomise thespectrum of the client’s religious beliefs.The idea was not to create buildings, but to createan environment with emphasis on spaces that arequite, tranquil and serene.Blue is used in the fenestrations as it signifiesenlightenment- the halo of life. 4
  5. 5. Textile Laboratory And Research Institute, MumbaiSituated in the busy locality of Prabhadevi, Mumbai, the TextileLaboratory And Research Institute is an is an intriguing piece ofarchitecture, with metaphoric interpretations ranging fromflowing fabrics to a spinning wheel (charkha).The primary design idea was to reflect the powerful traditionand heritage of Indian textiles.The atrium symbolically depicts the ‘charkha’ that is rooted inIndia’s glorious textile heritage. The structure is basically a steelframe swathed in Teflon fabric.Juxtaposing of wavy granite, aluminium and glass surfacesmarks this 6 storey building block.The wavy facade derives its inspiration from the imagery offlowing fabrics.The materials used with the contrast in their intrinsic texturescolours go on to reflect the diverse range of Indian textiles. 5
  6. 6. Le Meridian, PuneSituated in the heart of Pune, the architecture of LeMeridian pays homage to India’s rich heritage.The hotel features arched windows, jhrokas andclassic details that are reminiscent of the impressiveWadas of Pune.The basic conception is classical, with contemporaryinterior elements.One of the most fascinating elements of the interiorare carpets, inspired by the traditionalMaharashtrian Paithani sarees. 6
  7. 7. Le Meridian, Pune 7
  8. 8. Konark Estate, PuneA energetic merger of square, circular, rectangular andtriangular openings form the interesting facades of theapartment buildings in Konark Estate.The buildings are planned in such a way, that the endwalls of two buildings connect and in turn create thedesired linear layout. The idea of linear planning was a huge success and the developer insisted on using the replica of this layout in other projects in Pune. 8
  9. 9. DLF, GurgoanDLF Infinity toweres complex constitutes three interconnected towers (A, B, C) scalingbetween 10-12 storeys. Spread across 1.2 million sq.ft of space, the complex is designed toprovide unmatched flexibility with scalability option. 9
  10. 10. Hiranandani, MumbaiIn a matter of 25 years, a quarry with 20 trees has been converted to a sprawlingdevelopment by Hafeez Contractor.The township is dotted with skyscraper residential towers, many with very expensiveapartments. Its skyline is immediately recognizable due to the classic Greco-Roman architectural influences, especially at the topmost level. 10
  11. 11. Hiranandani, Mumbai 11
  12. 12. Controversies & Influences“In Hafeez Contractor’s factory, hundreds of architects and draftsmen sit elbow to elbow to churnout buildings. From morning to night, their sole purpose is to draft and design the innumerablerough sketches that originate from Hafeez, who has a good view of the office exit. As a result,employees do not attempt to leave before dinner. When a project is over they immediately beginwork on the next. There are no milestones, only more buildings to make.” Rahul BhatiaHe is accused of being a media manipulator, Hafeez’s ideas for a taller Mumbai areridiculed, and his buildings are deemed ugly. He is viewed as an unfortunate freakbecause he ignores the principles more discerning architects abide by.When asked about why he is influenced by Roman and Greek elements he says“the world is connected in every way. We drive Japanese cars.” 12
  13. 13. Awards & Recognitions1975 - One man show at J. J. College of architecture. Sponsors : J. J. College of Architecture1976 - Participant r/udat, team for west end Trenton (U. S .A)1976 - TATA scholar for graduate studies in Architecture and Urban Design1976 - One man show at jehangir art gallery. Sponsors : Academy of Architecture1998 -1982 - Indian Institute Of Interior Design Award for best shop and restaurant1998 - Accommodationtimes award for Best Residential Building1991 - J. K. Cement commendation award for group housing in Urban context1991 - Interiors today award for excellence in Design and Architecture1991 - Accommodation times award for architect of the year1994 - DLF trophy by Rajdhani Estate Promoters & Builders Association1995 - Indian institute of interior designers award for Damanias residence at Ahmednagar (runner up)1996 - Architect of the year awards - group housing in the urban context - Lake Castle (powai)1998 - Architect of the year - Priyadarshani Award1998 - Accommodation times award for Best Office Building2006 - 23 Marina Dubai "the best architecture in 2006" at the "CNBC Arabian property awards"2007 - Hiranandani bg house,mumbai."the best commercial property"at the "CNBC AWAAZ-CRISILReal Estate awards 2007“2007 - Construction World –Top Architect of the year 2007 13
  14. 14. Works of Hafeez Contractor• DY Patil Stadium in Nerul, Navi • Sarla Birla Academy , Bangalore • Turbe Railway Station, Navi Mumbai • ILFS Building , Bandra Kurla Compex, mumbai• Seawoods Estate (also known Mumbai • Low Income housing schemes as NRI complex) in Nerul, Navi • Dubai Lost City-Dubai , Navi Mumbai Mumbai is one of the • Fortune Hotel (Welcome • MP Mill Slum Redevelopment residential complexes/ Group)Bangalore Project townships • Fourseasons Hotel-Worli,Mumbai • Thapar House , Worli ,• One Indiabulls Center, Mumbai, • Holiday Inn-Ahmedabad Mumbai India (Ongoing) • Hotel Rodas-Hiranandani Gardens- • ITC Grand Central , Mumbai• Morya Regency in Bandra, Powai,Mumbai • Hyatt Regency , Mumbai Mumbai • Hyatt Regency-Andheri,Mumbai • leela Chain of Hotels at• Rodas- An ecotel in hiranandani • ITC Grand Central-Parel,Mumbai different Locations gardens,powai • ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton-Sahar • British Gas-Powai-Mumbai• Hiranandani Gardens Road, Mumbai • Capital Complex-Manipur• Multiple Buildings , DLF City , • LeMeridien-Pune • Infosys Offices at different Gurgaon • Nirmal Life Style-Mulund,Mumbai Loactions, Pune, Bangalore• Mumbai Airport redesign • Sahara City Home-Lukhnow • Low Cost Houses at Mumbai,• Infosys - Bangalore , Mangalore • The Leela Beach-Goa Guragaon, Pune , Mysore , Trivandrum • Leela Place Udaipur Hotel • Residential Compelexes at• AV Birla Training centre • Radisson Hotel-Kanjurmarg Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore,• Aditya Birla Corporate Head • Hotel Ista,Nagpur Gurgaon Quarters • Taj Mount Road,Chennai • Sky Scrapper City at Mumbai• Russi Modi Centre of Excellence • Akruti Center Point-M.I.D.C MUMBAI • ITC Chain of Hotels at different , Jamshedpur • Akruti Trade Centre-Andheri, Mumbai Locations• Rajneesh Osho Ashram , Pune • DLF-American Express-Gurgaon• NICMAR , Pune • DLF-American Express2-Gurgaon• ONGC Green Buildings- • Blossom Nogi-Andheri-Mumbai Multiple Locations 14
  15. 15. Thank You For your attention 15