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National Assembly Building

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  • Award Cycle:
    Status:
    Recipient
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Client:
    Bangladesh Public Works Department
    Architect:
    Louis I. Kahn, with David Wisdom and Associates (after 1979)
    Size:
    3'400'000 m²
    Completed:
    1983

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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.