HOK is a global design firm dealing in architecture, engineering, and planning, and is the largest in the US. Spread across 24 offices in three continents, HOK is a leader in sustainable design and a pioneer in biomimicry and Design Intelligence. They opened their branch in Mumbai in the year 2008 and have ever since created several examples of environmental stewardship, value creation, and spatial brilliance across India.
1. KEMPEGOWDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Location: Kempegowda, Bangalore
Completion date: 2013
The expansion of Terminal 1 Kempegowda International Airport has reinforced Bengaluru’s position as an important international travel hub. The open, welcoming structure with its glass facades, skylights, and the undulating roof structure has been designed to allow natural light to penetrate in. Sustainable strategies adopted have yielded the building LEED Gold and GreenCo Platinum certification. The interior and exterior landscaping features enhance Bengaluru’s reputation as the ‘Garden City of India’.
2. DR. D. Y. PATIL UNIVERSITY MULTISPECIALITY HOSPITAL
Completion date: 2011
The multispecialty hospital is a part of the D. Y. Patil University medical teaching campus. The standalone facility communicates a contemporary state-of-art image. Its stone and fiber-reinforced concrete structure make it an environmentally responsive building, while the form and façade design gives it a sculptural appeal.
3. I G I AIRPORT ATC TOWER
Completion date: 2019
The Indira Gandhi International Airport air traffic control tower is the country’s most technologically advanced and highest ATC (Air Traffic Control) tower. The tower is so placed to allow 360-degree views of the airport and its context. The 335ft high structure was aimed at enhancing air traffic management and is equipped with modern technology. The slender architectural form along with its structural complexities and functional success makes it an architectural landmark for Delhi.
4. WORLD TRADE CENTER, CHENNAI
Location: Perungudi, Chennai
Completion date (proposed): 2020
The World Trade Center, Chennai sits on a high visibility, accessibility area along a thriving IT corridor of Chennai. The towers are oriented to minimize the solar heat gain while the terra-cotta panels with varying width and depths provide shading, hence reducing solar load. When completed, the towers will be the tallest commercial structure in Chennai and hence an important landmark for the city. Thus, the modular façade is a key feature of the design with its abundant glazing that utilizes daylight and accentuates the views of the sea.
5. I G I AIRPORT TERMINAL 3
Completion date: 2010
The Indira Gandhi International Airport T3 was built to facilitate the 2010 CommonWealth Games and hence was intended as a gateway to India. The interiors showcase the Indian culture through art installations, graphics, and overall setup. The orientation of the building reduces solar heat gain while optimizing daylight. Further, the design incorporates sustainability and energy-efficient strategies to optimize energy and resources.
6. C S I AIRPORT ATC TOWER
Completion date: 2013
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport air traffic control tower is one of the tallest structures in Mumbai. The tower was designed keeping in mind the need to merge it with context while providing an unobstructed view of the surroundings. Apart from its aesthetic design and sculptural form, the tower is equipped with the latest technologies and structural advancements.
7. BRIGADE GATEWAY COMPLEX
Location: Malleswaram, Bangalore
Completion date: 2011
Brigade Gateway complex is an ‘integrated lifestyle enclave’ and a self-contained urban neighborhood that includes the World Trade Center, hotels, health facilities, schools, clubs, courts, a mall, an artificial lake, landscaped gardens, parks, and residential apartments. As per the promoters, “HOK has created places that enrich how people work, play, heal, worship, discover, learn, and travel-places that improve how people live”.
8. LAVASA HILL STATION MASTERPLAN
Location: Lavasa, Mulshi valley, Pune
Completion date (proposed): 2021
India’s first post-independence planned hill city, Lavasa was developed based on the vision ‘People living in harmony with nature’. HOK developed the masterplan to create a world-class hill city incorporating the principles of new urbanism along with concepts based on the local ecosystem. Ecological intelligence and biomimetic designs were integrated with urban design concepts such that it ensured nature’s ability to replenish and renew its resources. When completed, Lavasa will include five towns with a permanent population of 3 lakh residents and a tourist inflow of 20 lakh visitors per year.