One of the most important names in the field of Indian Architecture today, Architect Hafeez Contractor is the Architect of the 3 tallest buildings in India. He is also well known as the Architect of the domestic terminal of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, Hiranandani Gardens, and the DY Patil Stadium. Hafeez started working in 1968 and there is no stopping him. Born in India to a Parsi family, received a scholarship to have graduated with his master’s from Columbia University. After his apprenticeship with his uncle Khareghat, he eventually became a partner in his firm in 1977. Hafeez is by far the most controversial in the Indian built environment industry, with glorification come immense amounts of critique. He’s one to not pay much heed. Architect Hafeez contractor is fond of creating structures that not only had functional values but also included aesthetic qualities in them.
Here are the 20 most iconic projects of his creative career:
1. DLF Ericsson | Hafeez Contractor
DLF Ericsson, A Technologically advanced company in the field of telecom and electronics was looking to erect a new facility in New Delhi with an architecture that reflected its brand values. The building had to symbolize the dynamism and technology associated with Ericsson. It is located in DLF Cyber City in Gurgaon on the sector road, just off national highway 8. The basic geometry in terms of the number of floors was worked out on a mathematical level. Local building codes and the requirement for a large floor area also worked in tandem to create a low-rise structure. The building designed by Hafeez Contractor offers world-class infrastructure including global connectivity, flexible floor plans, high-speed elevators, and international fire safety standards.
Location: Gurgaon – 122002, Dlf Cyber City, Sector-25A
Construction Year: 2015
2. Ideal Topsia Kolkata | Hafeez Contractor
Designed in the eastern fringes of Kolkata, in the neighbourhoods of Topsia, this tower stands out in the entire area. It is one of the Luxury hotels in the locality. The architect has used the glass facade, which is part of the style of architecture that Hafeez does.
Location: IDEAL TOPSIA KOLKATA Topsia Post Office, Topsia, South 24 Parganas
Construction Year: 11 June 2015
3. Sarala Birla Academy
Although the structure doesn’t have a complete glazed Facade, still Hafeez’s signature style is evident in the Sarala Birla Academy at Bangalore. In the opinion of some, the building looks like a church, more than an education institute.
Location: Sarala Birla Academy Bannerghatta, Jigni Road Bangalore 560 083
Construction Year: 2004
Another Institutional building designed by the Contractor, RGIPT is an institution of national importance. Hafeez has designed the campus using a series of green spaces and the water bodies. Also, considering the climate, most of the structures are designed using sloping roofs.
Location: Dhai Ali Rd, Matok Gohain, Assam 785663
Construction Year: 2007
5. Pimpri- Chinchwad Municipal Corporation | Hafeez Contractor
Location: Pimpri ChinchwadMunicipal Corporation Mumbai-Pune Road, Pimpri, Pune-411018, Maharashtra, INDIA
Construction Year: 1982
6. Mahindra World School, Tamil Nadu
Location: Paranur Railway Station Rd, Mahindra World City, Tamil Nadu 60300
Construction Year: 2002
7. Mahindra World School, New Delhi | Hafeez Contractor
Location: Terminal 1, Unit No.5H & 5I,8 Security Hold Area D, Domestic Airport, New Delhi, Delhi 110007
Construction Year: 2005
8. Aakriti Skypark, Mumbai
Location: 43-Krishnabad Building, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Opp Akruti Sky Park, Breach Candy, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400026
9. D Y Patil Sports Stadium | Hafeez Contractor
Location: Sector 7, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400706
Construction Year: 2008
10. Indian School of Business
Indian School of Business in Hyderabad is yet another good example of the Institutional Campus by Hafeez. This is among his initial great projects before he started using glass everywhere. The campus uses a straight axis with buildings on either side. Also, the choice of material was stone and concrete for this.
Location: Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana 500032
Construction Year: 2001