Dhaka, Bangladesh

The 14-storey office building has a flexible plan to permit tenants to occupy full or half-floor spaces. Taking inspiration from the courtyards of traditional Bengali houses, it is designed around a central atrium. To encourage use by the neighbouring community, the building site is not walled, and the ground floor lobby contains an open café and reception area, while the roof is an outdoor terrace. The structure is a reinforced concrete frame; the façades feature glass as well as concrete panels. Because the architect and client share a passion for literature, the concrete panels on the façade are engraved with characters from the Bengali alphabet, and the interior floors are named after noted poets from Bangladesh.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture

227/A Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Sarak, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Completed 2013
22,882 m²
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