Client: institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP)

Scope of Services

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

Karachi, Pakistan

Recipient of ‘WA Awards’, Third Cycle, March 2009 by World Architecture Community.

This design proposal for IAP House has evolved from a series of inspirations. As a pre-requisite, it attempts to justify the fundamental expectation to be the hallmark house of design professionals who are bestowed with the responsibility to shape the built environment for the people. The design concept draws its reference from the historic profile of Karachi in general and Clifton in particular. The orthodox simplicity in the geometrical compositions, depicted through different hybrids of orthogonal forms had an over whelming influence in the early development of built forms across this area. Despite rapid transformations, few of the built reminiscent can still be dotted in the older enclaves of the vicinity where site for IAP house is located. Among the ingredients, wall profiles have a profound appearance in the overall façade and form interface. The wall gave the initiating physical identity to the compositions. A relationship of correspondence was created between the walls and masses inside its enclosure. An attempt has been made to create an “Architecture” which relates to the specific needs and context but avoids indulging into historicism and semiotics. The site of IAP House is surrounded by non-descript views and buildings. Overall appearance of the structures does not go beyond the mark of a run down fabric in need of design intervention of an appropriate kind. The site front falls on the southwest exposing it to the full day sun cycle and other prevalent weather conditions. The ‘Wall’ acts as a protective barrier for the dweller to enable him / her to accept and reject the outer world elements and asserting his / her desire to exist and be part of the urban fabric. Within this inner world, functions and activities are allocated specific & separate areas / spaces yet they remain part of the inner world by being around a central open space traditionally called “SAHN”. It acts as a nucleus where all the activities converge and originate, where the views and experience of domesticated nature enrich the environment. Simple geometry / form, authentic materials and nature constitute the essential elements for the architectural composition.

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