APOLLO - PROTON CANCER CENTRE

Building Type

Proton Therapy Cancer Hospital

Project Output

Facade and Interior Design

Project Length

Concept

Client

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited

Location

Chennai, India

Year

2016

TEAM

HKS Inc. – Design Team (Husain Zaidi, Anish Prem Kumar, Amit Kurien)

MY ROLE and PROJECT SUMMARY

Proton Therapy Centre was a closed invitation competition, held by Apollo Hospitals in 2016. The whole Proton Therapy Centre Project at that time was on planning phase, and was designed by local architects in Chennai, India. The scope of this competition was for facade design of all four sides , interior design, working drawings, and material specifications. HKS Inc.-New Delhi office was cordially invited to submit an entry.

I was involved with the facade design of the project and was working with two other junior architects. My role and responsibility was to co-design the facades, articulate their 3D models and produce the final renderings. We decided to submit two options to the client, going with two different approaches to the aesthetics and materials. However, the core concept and integrity of both designs were same at the fundamental level. Through the design choices, we intended to touch the emotions of the incoming patients and visitors, aiming to make them feel ‘lighter’ and better the moment they enter the building premises.

Unfortunately, we could not win the competition and the project was awarded to another firm. However, there was a lot to take away from this project. During our research we studied the design preferences of the client, We took a very bold approach to make our designs be different and ‘out of the box’, with intentions of making a memorable impression on the client with as relatively small scope of facade design. We learnt that this approach did not work to the scale of what we anticipated and there’s only so much wiggle room as to how much different we can do from the conventional design preferences of the client, before going too overboard.

Art for Change

Art for Change is a non-profit initiative, started by Husain Zaidi in 2019. 

Our Vision 

The artworks created for Art for Change focuses on social and global issues, which are unfortunately ignored by our society. Through my art, I humbly hope to break the stigma around these issues and start a conversation which can make a difference in someone’s life. 

Our Mission 

All the sales generated through Art for Change is donated to a chairty of your choice! Through our combined effort, let us support the charibable organizations accross the globe to help make this world a better place to live.