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HAFEEZ CONTRACTOR

BORN ² Mumbai , 19 june , 1950 FAMILY ² Parsi / Zoroastrian lineage included his mother roshan , who was a teacher and his father sorab contractor, a business man. Education ² His favourite timepass in the school was to design aeroplanes and battlefields complete with forts, bastions , moats, timebombs and all sort of security systems. His schol textbooks and workbooks would be full of these sketches.
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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
His office had a small beginning in 1982 with a staff of four. Today, there are around 140 people there including senior associates, architects, interior designers, civil engineering staff, architectural support staff etc with Contractor at the helm. Architect/Urban Designer - For 9 years in private Architectural firms in Bombay Associate Partner- M/s. Khareghat and Associates from June 1977 to February 1982 Visiting Lecturer Academy of Architecture Bombay from June 1977 to June 1980

PHILOSPHY
The architect believes that a company·s beliefs, visions and values can be epitomized in a threedimensional built form and its interior ambiance. His designs are Provocative and unpredictable. Hafeez is full of surprising and revolutionary ideas. His uncanny ability to change his architectural style form one commission to the next is also a significant reason why his work is sought after by so many. Nevertheless, in two decades of practice, he has played role in shaping the urban built landscape of the country.

METHODOLOGY

Previously he was more inclined towards a form based architecture but later on he designed in a very mathematical manner.
He solves a design problem in a mathematical way considering parameters like site conditions, client·s requirements, construction methodology and economics.

He has no style. He works as client needs; like if clients want work according to vaastu then he incorporated that in his design.

He doesn·t do many detail (but he wants) because of time and cost but his forms so powerful that the building still looks detailed. He believes that your building should really reflect your socio-economic and climatic relations.

BELIEFS He often acknowledges that architecture can enhance brand identity creating both the initial buzz and enduring brand presence. He explains ´ Architecture can give form to belief and can make a building into a real and arresting symbol of brand intent.µ The architect believes that a company·s beliefs, visions and values can be epitomized in a threedimensional built form and its interior ambiance.

CONCEPTS AND INFLUENCES
Le-corbusier & correa·s work was the source of inspiration during college days and also khareghatwhich he involved initially. The extensive use of glass and metallic panels on the facades conforms to the high tech expression businesses seek to achieve.

PLANNING
His plans : Never a fixed plan Have axis but not always. Given stress on landscaped terrace.
CYBER TOWER, MAURITIUS

GATEWAY TOWER,GURGAON

IIT HOSTEL, POWAI

ELEVATION
He pick up elements from various typologies and use them as adornments for the exterior skin of the bldg. He always treats corner of the bldg. Most of his bldgs. are skyscrapers.

I-FLEX, MUMBAI M P COMPOUND MILL, MUMBAI APPLO HOSPITAL, DELHI

DAMANIA'S BUNGALOW

Location, Ahmednagar client, Parvez Damania completed, 1996 area, 12,000 sq. ft. STYLE art deco style

A private bungalow at Ahmednagar, it is a small yet beautifully executed design. The structure,set in the centre of a large site has a delicately winding driveway that leads to the main entrance porch. The spaces essentially radiate from a central axis that emerges at the entrance.

The free form of the pool between the bedroom wings helps to soften the rigid geometry of the stone and blend harmoniously the landscape and the building through a multitude of reflections.

The damania residence is situated in the arid expanse of ahmednagar. The spaces essentially radiate from a central axis that emerges at the entrance. The small flights of steps from the porch leads into a square vestibule, which is covered , with a domical roof. The vestibule space also acts as a connecting chamber to the living areas on one side and the kitchen and dining areas on the other. The centre of the entire design composition is the living room.

Each bedroom suite is complete with dressing rooms and toilets, the design of each being individualistic within the parent Art Deco style, with its grooved bands, solid wood paneling and multi-coloured wood inlays.

It is the central focus of the composition and the symbolic soul of the house. A skylight in the centre of its flat roof rightfully enhances its volume. Radial passages emerging traverse the intermediate courtyards to broaden into the bedrooms. A staircase that rises along the curved walls of the living room leads to the bedrooms on the first floor of the house . Partly barrel vaulted roofs cover these bedrooms, kitchen and dining rooms.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT BLOCK,
CHENNAI

The software development centre proposed in chennai defies typical expectations of building from. The strongly curving movement of the building in all the three dmensions evokes images of a massive snake sprawled on the landscape. The nonconformist streak that the architect engages in his designs is especially evident in this building.

Spear- like columns that pierce into the ground, further accentuate the uncanny appearance of the building , go on to support segments of the structure. The periphery of the block that includes the lifts and the staircases. The building is swathed in glass and bands of crisscrossing aluminium panels.

The site layout features four cuving software development blocks. Even with its complex form, the 4storey blocks achieve the mandatory efficiency critetria.

The periphery of the block that includes the lifts and the staircases. The building is swathed in glass and bands of crisscrossing aluminium panels. The discontinuous nature of the floor plates allow the built form to curve even in the vertical plane.

At the outside he visualised this structure in terms of its form by casting plastercine dough in a sinously curvy fashion and later worked on the programmatic functionalities.

LAKE CASTLE , POWAII

Location, Powai, Mumbai client, Hiranandani Constructions Pvt. Ltd.

Lake Castle, a residential apartment building nestled in the lush green surroundings of Powaii, just a few miles away from main Bombay is one of the most spectacular products of the eighties boom. It differs from other residential blocks in scale and treatment. As a response to an unusually long and narrow site, the building is 183 m in length, with Powaii Lake at one end, a forest at the other, and hills behind. (The plot had to allow for a D.P. road and forest reservation) The planning and spatial arrangement is a distinct attempt to allow all flats to face the lake.

This huge building is treated in a manner that minimizes its intrusion on the site. The FSI could have been consumed in 17 or 18 floors, but we decided to keep the end blocks low while pulling the central one up, creating a stepped walllike mass which complements the hills behind. The wall-likeness of the building is further broken by puncturing square cut-outs in the mass. these give a dramatic view of the sky through the building . Access to the terraces so created is from the larger apartments, turning them into sky-courts high above ground level. All windows are recessed within the double exterior wall which is detailed colourfully but with restraint.

Egyptian motifs are used on the building facade, like the treatment given to the columns, the friezes and the details of the ironwork. The crescent shaped projecting balconies, curved projections and Egyptian columns on the facade relive the monotony into which the building would have otherwise slipped. Large French windows are repetitive features on the facade. The tower block is surrounded by large gardens and a huge 8-acre forest with jogging and cycling tracks.

The stepped profile and the 2 huge rectangular cutouts further add to lighten the building. The building is almost like a mirror reflecting the densely layered profile of the city itself. The 21-storeyed tower, with a lavishly decorated, double-height entrance lobby has a distinctive layout on every floor with projections, balconies and terraces.

APOLLO INDRAPRSTHA HOSPITAL, DELHI

The apollo indraprstha hospital is a collaborative project of the renowned apollo hospitals and the delhi development authority. It spreads over 15 acres of prime land in south delhi.

In the Indian scenario, the families are close knit and most patients are often accompanied by their relatives. This social context was totally ignored by most of the previous hospital design in subcontinent and creating an appropriate outpatient environment was never a priority. Responding to this background, he arrived at core idea of creating a central spine atrium plaza from which the entire design set off. The plan is also an early example of the central circulation spine used as an organizational device in Indian hospital designs. The two major blocks of the hospital are connected by this atrium of huge volume, which acts as the large waiting area.

This pedestrian atrium enlivens the hospital with an almost street like atmosphere. The flexible setting allows ample space for patients and visitors to relax, eat their lunch, take a breath or catch a quick nap.
The less complex out-patient department is separated by a pedestrian atrium space from the complex acute care, diagnostic and in-patient areas.

The large atrium serves to enliven the environment and provide a street-like atmosphere from within which the various facilities are accessed Throughout the complex the aim has been to deinstitutionalize the spaces by the use of bold, vibrant colours and patterns , thereby, creating a cheerful atmosphere and a feeling of home away from home.

HOSPITALS * 1. Indraprastha Super Specialty 600 Bed Hospital at New Delhi 2. New Wing for Parsee General Hospital 3. Bombay Hospital Part Extension 4. PBMA Eye Hospital (75 beds ) , Pune 5. KEM Hospital ( 500 beds ) and College , Pune 6. Sahara Hospital ( 500 beds) , Lucknow 7. IHRI ( 450 beds ) - NOIDA 8. Oswin Hospital ( 100 beds ) , Shillong

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