Indian Institute of Management – New Campus, that located in Ahmedabad, India was designed by HCP Design and Project Management Pvt. Ltd. won this commission through a nationwide competition held in 1999. The client’s brief sought a new and independent 39 acre campus which could extend the vision of the old campus designed by Louis Kahn.
HCPDPM’s challenge lay in designing a campus which could function and be read as an independent entity while remaining an inseparable component of an integrated development. Accordingly, the new campus deliberately attempts to make references to the old campus and provide continuities with it.
Distinguishing aspects of the old campus such as the location of buildings, their configurations and connections, the diagonal geometries of the dormitories, the deployment of semi-circular stairs and turrets, compositions incorporating abstract forms, large plain surfaces and the overall sense of restraint informed the design of the new campus.
Although the new campus has a separate access and exit and functions independently from the old campus, the two are connected by an underpass which houses an exhibition of Kahn’s campus. This underpass is the pivot of the comprehensive development and is sensitively located to not only connect the two campuses but also to bind them together.