United House
Dhaka, Bangladesh
This six-storey office is intended to express its tropical climate. Deep overhangs and louvred aluminium sun shades allow extensive use of glass, while a central atrium with skylight on the top three floors draws natural light deep into the building. A dining area and cafe in the landscaped roof garden allow an encounter with nature. Instead of heavy reinforced-concrete columns, the building is supported on bright red slender steel cylinders, linked to some of the floor slabs by brackets to accentuate their vertical ascent and create an impression of lightness. The façade is designed to offer a sculpted play of glazed and solid walls.


The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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