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Architecture by real estate developers like DLF etc.

works of indian architects like Hafeez

contractor and others and recent works of foreign architects in india. Contemporary
individual urban residences in delhi.


 DLF Limited is the largest commercial real estate developer in India. It was founded by
Raghuvendra Singh in 1946 and is based in New Delhi .
 DLF developed 21 residential colonies in Delhi such as in Shivaji Park (their first
development), Rajouri Garden, Krishna Nagar, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Kailash
Colony, and Hauz Khas. DLF builds residential, office, and retail properties.
 With the passage of Delhi Development Act in 1957, the local government assumed control of
real estate development in Delhi and banned private real estate developers.
 As a result DLF started acquiring land in gurgaon , Haryana. As DLF started to acquire land
under the leadership of Chairman, K.P. Singh, Gurgaon embarked on a period of rapid growth.
 The land purchase program adopted a humane approach so that the sellers do not feel short-
changed. To this effect, DLF partnered with farmers so that they also got a share in profits. DLF
acquired and created a land bank and then sold plots to buyers after demarcation.
The profits from the sales were subsequently shared with farmers, which encouraged more
farmers to come forward and partner with DLF.
 Controversy: A 58 crore deal was cancelled between DLF and Robert Vadra by IAS officer
Ashok Khemka
There main projects are in the fields of
E.G of DLF projects in Gurgaon
Office (Commercial): Dlf cyber greens, Dlf corporate parks, Infinity towers, Dlf cyber city
Residential: The Belaire The pinnacle The park place
Retail: Dlf city centre Dlf mega mall
Development of DLF

 DLF Gurgaon refers to the operations of DLF Limited in Gurgaon, a prestigious IT destination
in India.
 1970-80 -purchased nearly 3000 acres of agricultural land and farms from local farmers at very
low price.
 1985 -The construction began on these lands in and by the end of the decade, saw the
emergence of a fully-integrated township known as Qutab Enclave. Now known as DLF City,
this township was a landmark achievement, which set the trend of real estate development in
this so far neglected part of the country lying close to the national capital, Delhi.
 after DLF city DLF continued to acquire new land from the state government and build new
homes, offices, retail complexes, shopping malls, and commercial properties under several
 DLF City today consists of phase 1 through 5, and is still expanding.
 DLF has also allotted plots for residential and commercial constructions in Sector 91, 92 and
several other locations.
 DLF usually initiates a residential project keeping in mind the requirements of a particular
group of users.
 The apartments constructed so far have been designed to serve, primarily, three market
segments – mid-income, luxury and super luxury. There are budget housing projects for
average-income buyers as well.


Hafeez contractor is an Indian architect, based in Bombay. He is known for his contribution to late
modern Indian architecture. He was influenced by Charles Correa and Corbusier.


He believes that a company’s beliefs, vision and values can be epitomized in a 3-D built form and its
interior ambience. His designs are unpredictable and provocative. His revolutionary ideas and uncanny
ability to change his architectural style from one commissioner to the next is also significant.


Hafeez contractor solves all his design problems in a mathematical way, keeping in consideration site
conditions, climate, construction etc. He does not have a style of his own- he designs according to his
clients. He does not do much detail in his buildings, but his buildings are architecturally so powerful
that they appear to be detailed.


Planning: He does not have a fixed style of planning but always works with axes and gives stress on
landscaped terraces.

Elevations: He picks up elements from various typologies and them in the skin of his buildings. He
always treats the corners of his buildings and extensively uses glass and metallic panels. Many of his
buildings are art-deco style and most of them are skyscrapers.


· Out Patient Environment: Creating an outpatient environment in the hospital was Hafeez
contractor’s priority as in India patients are widely accompanied by family members- a situation
not taken into account in previous office designs.

· Central Atrium: His core idea was a central atrium plaza from where the design sets off. Two
major blocks of the hospital are connected by this atrium which acts as a huge waiting area. This
atrium has a street like character with flexible seating where visitors and patients can relax.

· De-institutionalization: To de-institutionalize the space, vibrant colours and patterns are used
to make the atmosphere cheerful.


· Designed in a stepped manner, it is a 21 storeyd residential apartment built on an unusually long

and narrow site facing the Powaii Lake on one side and the forest on the other. The central portion
is higher than the peripheral blocks.

· There are two huge cutouts in the built mass to lighten the built fabric and give a dramatic view
of the sky through the building. The access to terrace is from larger apartment, turning them into
sky courts above ground level. Other features include:

(i) Recessed windows with double exterior walls.

(ii) Use of Egyptian motifs and columns.

(iii) Crescent shaped projecting balconies.


 Today, India's skyline is a work in progress. But while the towering new skyscrapers, sprawling
IT parks, glitzy airports and swanky townships reflect INDIAN aspirations, the blueprint, more
often than not, is foreign.

 Be it a slum redevelopment project in congested Mumbai or Kolkata's new museum of modern

art, the global imprint on the country's fast-changing urban landscape is evident. Made in India
but designed by a clutch of foreign architects looking to cash in on the country's real estate
 THE KOLKATA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (KMOMA) has commissioned Herzog & De
Meuron (HDM), Basel, Switzerland, of Tate Modern fame to design the complex.

 For Edinburgh-based RMJM, the company behind the distinctive Scottish Parliament, a foray
into India four years ago has translated into business of 1 billion. RMJM, which currently has
38 projects under way in India, is now looking to establish a permanent base in Mumbai.

 Celebrated British architect Lord Norman Foster, who shaped London's skyline with buildings
such as the Gherkin and designed the Reichstag in Berlin, has entered India in a tie-up with a
Mumbai real estate firm, the Neptune group.

 Other big UK names in India are Laing O'Rourke, Davis Langdon and Mott MacDonald. Not
just UK, firms from Canada (Arcop) to Australia (Omiros One) have designs on India.

 Kunal Banerji of Ansal API which signed up US firm Chelsea West to design Manhattan-style
condos at its Aquapolis project in Ghaziabad.

 The Mahindra group's real estate arm Mahindra Lifespaces, has roped in US-based architect
and design firm HOK (of Dubai marina fame). The selection of an international architect or
planner is driven by the unique needs of the project. For instance, the 325-acre Mahindra World
City project is one of the largest such developments under implementation and to that extent
the width and depth of on-ground implementation experience is currently available only with
international firms who have conceived and implemented such projects in different parts of the

 Unitech often hires multiple design firms for a single project. For instance, it has 10 global
architecture and design consultants for the $3 billion Unitech Grande, a super-luxury residential
complex spread over 347 acres along the Noida expressway. This project draws on the expertise
of US-based mall designer Callison, landscape artists SWA and EDAW, Britain's RMJM for
architecture and interiors and HOK for floor plans, besides a course designed by Australian
golfer Greg Norman.

 Mark Igou, director in the US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Llp (SOM)
which has designed the Burj Dubai,the world's tallest skyscraper, is faced with in Mumbai
where it is designing homes for slum dwellers in Mumbai's Santa Cruz as part of a masterplan
for Unitech.Besides projects like the Jet Airways headquarters in Mumbai, SOM is also
working in Tier-II cities like Ahmedabad and Nagpur.

 Apart from Lutyens and Le Corbusier, several other international architects have showcased
their designs in India. Ahmedabad's Indian Institute of Management reflects Louis Kahn's
trademark style of veering towards monolithic masses resembling ancient ruins. Christopher
Charles Benninger designed the Mahindra United World College of India, near Pune. British-
born Laurie Baker planned the Fishermen's Village in Poonthura in Kerala, while American
Joseph Stein gave shape to Delhi's India International Centre.

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