HCP was founded by Hasmukh C. Patel in 1960. Today, its practice ranges from interior design and architecture to urban design and statutory city planning. Patel believed that designing and building projects require an effective collaboration between design, construction and management professionals as well as visionary leadership.
HCP's designers, planners and project managers work with a wide array of expert consultants to provide clients with integrated and effective solutions to a wide range of contemporary building and urban development challenges. Many of its projects have won national and international recognition.
In the 1960s HCP was housed in a small office in the walled city. It thrived in post-independence Ahmedabad's embrace of modernism and through its architectural work it contributed to the redefinition of many social and cultural institutions of the time. Pictured here are architects in HCP's first office in the mid-sixties.
Newman Hall, now known as Premal Jyoti, was amongst the earliest projects that HCP produced during the sixties. Its architecture is sparse and elegant. Two rows of rooms along corridors enclose a courtyard with a chapel. Meticulously detailed and superbly constructed facades are composed from thin exposed-brick brise soleil on the outside and load-bearing columns on the inside.
St. Xavier's Primary School
St. Xavier's Primary School is another significant project of the sixties. The primary school's architecture, a checkerboard of courtyards, corridors and classrooms challenged notions of work and play, inside and outside and classrooms and gardens. In doing this it allowed the school's visionary principal Fr. Zavala S.J. to redefine the school's pedagogy.
Bhavani Chambers office
In the early 1970s HCP moved to larger offices in Bhavani Chambers on Ashram Road, which then was the prime commercial street of Western Ahmedabad. The extra space allowed for a more spacious studio and a proper model-making facility.
The Reserve Bank of India
The Reserve Bank of India office building was amongst the earliest projects that came out of HCP's Bhavani Chambers office. Like many other HCP buildings of the time, its design explored and extended the architectural idiom of exposed concrete modernist architecture. Its low-slung office tower was set on a wide podium. It provided a memorable focal point from across Gandhi Bridge.
Reading Centre, Gujarat University
The Gujarat University Reading Centre was designed in the mid 1970s. Built on a shoestring budget, it is a striking, inward-looking, doughnut shaped structure that plugs into the Gujarat University Library. At its heart is an open-to-sky courtyard that the reading rooms look onto. The building appears to float above the ground due to the windowless exterior and recessed ground floor.
H.K. House Office
During the mid 1970s HCP began successfully tackling many speculative development projects just as real estate development was emerging to the fore as a way of organizing building production. H.K. House office building was one such project. It showed how a crisp and clear architectural vocabulary could be meshed with the commercial imperatives of real estate development. HCP moved to H.K. House when it was completed in 1978. Here it was finally possible for Patel to have an office with facilities and a layout that fully supported the working style of the HCP practice and reflected its design ethos of clarity, restraint and design that is generated by practical problem-solving.
Chinubhai Centre and Patang Restaurant
Chinubhai Centre was built in the late 1970s and demonstrated how the civic need for widely accessible recreational facilities and architectural icons could be realized through the architecture of speculative projects. Over time, Chinubhai Centre's revolving restaurant has become a symbol for modern Ahmedabad.
Entrepreneurship Development Institute
Hasmukh Patel's son Bimal Patel joined HCP in the mid 1980s. He led the design for the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India. The architecture of this project explored how lessons from Islamic and colonial architecture of the subcontinent could be used to enrich contemporary Indian architecture. The project won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1992.
Refurbishment of Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata
HCP designed the refurbishment of Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata for hosting the 1987 World Cup. The old patchwork of disorderly stands was roofed over using an array of cantilevered space-frames. The old clubhouse and pavilion were rebuilt, all in record time.
In 1988 HCP moved to its present office in Paritosh Building along the Sabarmati riverfront. Its studios, model workshop, offices, library and archives are distributed across several floors of the building. A gallery and a cafe are located within the building's riverfront-facing garden.
The Aga Khan Award
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. Bimal Patel received this award for the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Ahmedabad.
“Autonomous education centre in which formal, orthogonal geometry dominates the layout. Each of the 8 blocks is organized around a central courtyard on two levels. The buildings are juxtaposed in the landscape to create a series of outdoor spaces” -- Cited from the official website of the AKAA.
C.G. Road Redevelopment
The C G Road redevelopment was one of the first urban redevelopment projects to be taken up in post independence India. The project was innovative in many respects. It demonstrated that public-private partnership can be effective and that public infrastructure can be self-financed. The project played a key role role in Ahmedabad's rejuvenation during the mid 1990s. HCP was responsible for the overall master plan, detailed design of the street as well as for managing the development.
Ahmedabad Management Association
HCP's Ahmedabad Management Association building is a long and low block set along a busy street and a row of large neem trees. Its transparent architecture and inviting portal worked very effectively to showcase the Association's acitvites and to project its openness to the public. This very successful project received the World Architecture Award for 1997.
Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement
The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) recognized the contribution of its fellow Hasmukh C Patel to contemporary architecture in India and his commitment to architectural education. He was awarded the prestigious Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal on December 26, 1998 at national convention of IIA in Vishakhapatnam.
Best Practices Award by UNCHS
C.G. Road redevelopment received the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNCHS) 1998 Award for Excellence. HCP’s submission was reviewed by an independent technical advisory committee and selected for inclusion in the ‘100 Global Best Practices’ list.
Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), New Campus
Following a national search, HCP was awarded the project for designing an extension to Louis Kahn's iconic IIM-A. The new buildings provided teaching and residential facilities for the post-graduate progamme, an International Management Centre, a Centre for Innovation and Incubation, and sports facilities amongst many other much needed facilities to support IIM-A's growing needs.
Great Master's Award by J.K. Cement
Hasmukh C Patel was the recipient of the Great Master’s award by JK Cement for his contribution to the architectural profession. The awards were instituted by the company in 1990 to celebrate the best projects in the spheres of architecture, town planning, infrastructure development and affordable housing.
ar + d High Commendation Award
The Architectural Review is a very highly regarded international architecture magazine. Its awards for emerging architecture promote architects and their work to the world. HCP's Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) building won the ar + d High Commendation Award in the education category.
Prime Minister’s National Award for Excellence in Urban Planning and Design
The Prime Minister's national award rewards highly successful and promising innovations in Urban Planning and Design that improve the functional performance of cities and the quality of life of their citizens. In 2003, the Sabarmati Riverfornt Development Project won this prestigious award under the category Innovative Ideas/Concepts and Plans in Urban Planning and Design.
Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
The Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad is a residential school for 1200 students. It is one of 14 such academies constructed in various developing countries, offering its students education, from pre-primary to upper-secondary levels. The majority of the buildings of the Academy were designed as small blocks arranged around courtyards, ensuring that the landscape remains largely unaltered. The courtyards also allow for natural ventilation of the rooms.
50 years of HCP
What began as a small practice in 1960 under the name of Messers Hasmukh C. Patel Architects, celebrated 50 years of practice on August 27, 2010. Building on its rich legacy, the practice today has evolved into HCP Design Planning and Management, offering architectural, city planning, urban design and interior design services. A monograph was compiled to document and celebrate this journey.
In the municipal budget for 2011-12, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) proposed a flyover at the IIM junction to address the traffic congestion problem at this intersection. The scope included comprehensive development of 920m length which included 500m flyover, the spaces under the flyover and the complete right-of-way width. Great care was taken to plan the construction sequence so that there was minimum impact on traffic and its immediate context.
HUDCO Design Awards for new and innovative town design solutions
HCP won the Housing and Urban Design Corporation Ltd (HUDCO) design award for its work on the Himmatnagar Canal Front Development Project. The award was received under the category of new and innovative town design solutions for both its sensitive design approach and the innovative funding structure of the project.
Book published: The Architecture of Hasmukh C. Patel
This book presents 51 of Hasmukh C. Patel’s most significant projects. It is a record of his work and traces his architectural and working style. The book is a tribute to him but is also intended to aid teaching architecture in India. It is co-authored by Catherine Desai and Bimal Patel.
Mumbai Port Trust land development
The Board of Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) invited bids from around the world to help them masterplan 500 acres of their land on the eastern seafront of Mumbai. HCP was selected, through a competition, as lead consultant of an international consortium to take the project forward.