29 March 2020

Project Focus




I-Kahn-ic design 



Project by: HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd.

Client: Indian Institute of Management,  Ahmedabad

Built up Area: 55,000 sq.m.

Cost: Rs. 80 crore

  • Architecture
  • Structural Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Acoustics
  • Fire Fighting
  • Landscape Design
  • Building Automation
  • Project Management



Principal Designers: Bimal Patel, Jayant Gunjaria, Gajanan Upadhyaya                 
Principal Manager: Viplav Shah
Core Design Team: Saket Saraf, Brijesh Bhatha, Niki Shah, Samarth Maradia 

Project Managers: Amar Thakkar, Mahendra Patel, Vishal Maheshwari
Architects and Detailers: Team of 8 members



Structural Engineering: VMS Consulting Engineers, Ahmedabad
Electrical Engineering: Jhaveri Associates, Ahmedabad
Plumbing: N K & Associates, Vadodara
HVAC: Mihir. N. Patel, Ahmedabad
Interior Design: HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd. and HCP Interior Architecture Pvt. Ltd.



The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is an internationally renowned institute providing management education. In 1999, IIMA announced an architectural design competition for an extension to its existing facilities. This extension was a new campus, which is situated on an adjacent plot. After the initial application phase, ten architectural practices were invited to participate in the first stage of the competition; three shortlisted firms were then selected for the second stage. The submission made by HCP was selected as the winning proposal and was commissioned to develop the new campus. The new campus is housed on a 39-acre site. The facilities include an academic block with 5 classrooms and seminar rooms; administrative facilities, an International Management Development Centre (IMDC) block, a Centre for Innovation and Incubation, 9 dormitories for 340 students, 20 blocks for married student hostels, 6 VIP suites, a sports complex, 100 guestrooms; and kitchen and dining facilities.


All areas of the campus have full disabled accessibility and the master plan allows for future expansion. The new campus operates independent of the original, without any direct visual link. It has its own approach road and entrance halls, and is connected to the original campus by means of a gallery space, which passes under a busy road. The gallery houses an exhibition on Louis Kahn’s work on the original campus. The gallery link provides pedestrian access and is pivotal to the operation of the two campuses and acts to bind them together. In the Kahn campus, there is a walkway between the classrooms and dormitories, this axis continues through the underground linking gallery to the new campus as a promenade. This axis is terminated by a new sculptural water tower. On one side of this new street, dormitories in groups of three are arranged on a diagonal axis. On the other side of the street are the new lecture halls and seminar rooms. In order to achieve continuity between the two campuses, HCP’s design solution has formal sympathies with the architectural syntax of Kahn’s campus. For example, the composition of the buildings on the new site, the manner in which they connect with the present campus, the use of diagonal geometries in the layout of the dorms, the use of a semicircular stair and turrets and elevation compositions which use abstract forms and large plain surfaces. However, a simple replication of details and materials was not appropriate for the new campus. The architectural language of restraint pays tribute to Kahn, without resorting to pastiche. The new buildings use exposed concrete as the primary building material with fenestrations in a combination of mild steel and wood. To offset, and sometimes heighten the austerity of the crisp and smoothly shuttered concrete forms, metal screens designed by Walter D’Souza are introduced into the material pallet of the building.



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