State Life Building
Mirpur Khas, Pakistan
On a purely functional level, the State Life Building provides office accommodation for an insurance company. More than this, it attempts to create a landmark for a small town bypassed by recent economic development. The building celebrates local traditions, with its sloped walls, brick 'jalis' and rich Sindh tapestry of masonry work and glazed tiles. Although it now incorporates a centralised air-conditioning system, it was designed to be energy-efficient. The internal courtyards contain waterfalls and water vaporisers which could be combined with the building's five cooling towers as part of an overall evaporative cooling process.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Mirpur Khas, Pakistan
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Ground floor area: 1,347 m²; combined floor area: 5,111 m²; total site area: 1,858 m²
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