Client: Children Museum for Peace and Human Rights

Scope of Services

  • Facility Study
  • Programming
  • Visioning
  • Concept design
  • Planning
  • Architecture

Karachi, Pakistan

Recipient of ‘WA Awards’, Second Cycle, December 2008 by World Architecture Community.

The project provides a facility for the children of Karachi where they learn about the philosophy of peace and human rights, as well as participate in simple recreational activities. This is a multi- dimension educational space, a cultural landmark and an institution for promoting peace and human rights. Being a strikingly linear site (1.95 Acres) with shallow depth (435’x 195’) the Master Plan was developed by juxtaposing the two main features of the Program, i.e., the museum and the auditorium along a diagonal datum which creates a variety of dynamic outdoor spaces and leads to an inviting threshold, in addition to the required enclosed functions. Such an arrangement also breaks the monotony of the linear site and holds together the building blocks in a balanced composition. The Architectural language of the CMPHR is modern, form – oriented and devoid of any embellishments. It evolved with the basic element of wall (vertical plane) playing dual role, both to enclose and open. This relationship between inside and outside is based on the act of cutting, allowing amorphous and amaterial elements: wind, sunlight, sky, and landscape to be assimilated as the aspect of the architecture.

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