Hassan Abad Square was built in the 1930s in a neo-classical style. Its four corners were originally occupied by four identical buildings, but in 1963 the southeast segment was demolished to make way for a bank. The present redevelopment of the square is offered as a more appropriate treatment of the inherited built fabric. The programme has included the renovation of the approach to the square - through the metro station and road underpass - and the provision of new office space within a modern glazed addition set on top of one of the old masonry structures.
Hassan Abad Square Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.