Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban – A Columnless Beauty

The Man Of The Structure

Built by one of the most influential architects of the time, the National Assembly of Bangladesh also locally known as Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. Louis Kahn was always known for designs being very straightforward with their purpose and the end game. Louis Kahn was known for his style that was quite voluminous, monumental and monolithic; his architectural style did not hide its heavy style for both its optical weight of the buildings and their overall feel of form following function. For the most part, this influential architect’s works did hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled, even with these meticulously well-built works, his provocative designs were controversial and influential at the same time. This structure was also quite controversial as some people noted that a financially struggling country like Bangladesh needed such an exorbitant construction and the following maintenance as well.


Words About The structure

With time, the structure has gained acceptance with time for its timeless style and imposing figure. This building has come to show the aspiration of the country of Bangladesh, the structure has also won the incredibly prestigious Aga Khan Award. The jury was in high praises for the structure as it said “ The architect has managed to reinterpret and transform these ideas along with a process that has been able to adapt concepts of construction and technology to the specific conditions of the locality of Dhaka. The result is a building that, while universal in its concept and method, could not be found anywhere else.”

Messages and Shapes

One of the defining elements of this structure is that one cannot find a column inside the building. The columns seem to be embedded into the walls of the structures itself, the concrete structures seem to engulf the nitty gritty of the overall structure. The structure also uses shapes to convey the message of democracy, they are windows of made of different shapes such as circles, squares and triangles to convey a message of inclusivity and diversity.

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