National Assembly Building - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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National Assembly Building

National Assembly Building
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh (South Asia)
Architect: Louis I. Kahn, with David Wisdom and Associates (after 1979)
Client: Bangladesh Public Works Department
Completed: 1983
Site size: 3'400'000 m²

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National Assembly Building Project Brief

Clear in form and composition, powerful in scale and siting, this building is widely considered a masterpiece. The architect drew upon and assimilated both the vernacular and monumental archetypes of the region, and abstracted and transformed, to a degree of utter purity, lasting architectural ideas from many eras and civilisations. The core of the composition is the assembly chamber, a 300-seat, 30-meters high, domed amphitheatre and the library. These spaces alternate among eight light and air courts" and a restaurant, as well as entrances to the garden and mosque.

1989 Award Recipients