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National Assembly

Dhaka Bangladesh

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1962
  Finished1983
Floor Count10
Building Uses
 - capitol building
 - government
 - religious
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - atrium
 - dome
 - mosque
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof138 ftArchnet
measured from drawings

Description
Pakistan's answer to the Indian provincial capital of Chandigarh, the National Assembly and other government buildings at Dhaka were concieved in the late 1950s. Construction started in the 1960s, but came to a halt in 1971 with the civil war that led to the seperation of East and West Pakistan into Bengladesh and Pakistan.

After the war, construction resumed and was completed in the 1980s. There was a great deal of criticism over the high cost of the building, which consumed a measureable chunk of the national budget. However, the project has paid off through the experience it has given to Bengali construction firms, who have been able to profit from their expertise both at home and abroad.

Architect Louis Kahn designed the building to be both Bengali and modern at the same time. A mosque was included to accomodate the Islamic nation's needs. Today, it is a symbol of democracy, a recent event in the nation's history.

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