Client: Bay View High School

Scope of Services

  • Building and Site Assessment
  • As Built Drawings & Documentation
  • Preservation & Restoration Guidelines
  • Adaptive re-use plan
  • Concept Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design / Architecture
  • FF&E Design & Coordination

Project Area
20,000 SFT

Karachi, Pakistan

In the context of Karachi, the developments of the colonial period signify its Progress as an urban center. Thus Buildings of this era hold great importance in the history of this city. Killarney Hotel, located in the Civil Lines Quarter of Karachi is one such example that today needs measures to ensure its survival in the future. Killarney Hotel was constructed as one of the four Railway Hotels in Karachi, during the early part of the Twentieth Century. These included the North Western Hotel (1908), the Bristol Hotel (1910), the Carlton Hotel and the Killarney Hotel. Today Killarney Hotel is one of the two surviving examples of the Railway Hotels, other one being the Bristol Hotel located in the nearby street. The other two were demolished in the early 90’s, while the process of their being listed as heritage buildings was still underway. Mr. Behram Ahmed and Mrs. Karen Ahmed owner of Bay view High School while looking for a place to expand their campus came across this premise. Being an educationist and a concerned citizen she decided to
acquire and restore this endangered building. ICON was entrusted with the task of preparing a comprehensive proposal for restoration and adaptive reuse of the building, which includes detailed architectural documentation (drawing and photography), structural analysis for adaptive reuse and proposed restoration intervention.

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