The Aga Khan Academy in Dhaka by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Shatotto has won the Education Future Project Award
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) and Shatotto have completed designs for a 1200-student school with residential facilities, on a 20-acre site near the centre of Dhaka, Bangladesh for the Aga Khan Academies.
This 1200-student residential school near the centre of Dhaka, Bangladesh is one of eighteen planned locations in a network of state of the art K12 schools being established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia and Europe through the Aga Khan Academies.
Moyez Alwani, Head of Design for the Aga Khan Academies said, “Throughout the design of this Academy, we have been concerned with matters relating to the hyper- densification of the city and our response has been to develop a masterplan that makes a symbolic statement about the importance of green open space. In addition, we are actively taking significant steps to preserve the traditions of building in Bangladesh which will serve as an antidote to the homogenizing impact of modernity which often mute wonderfully rich traditions and craft.”
The result is an architectural language which showcases intricate brickwork techniques set against ‘jali’ screen detailing as a contemporary interpretation of an important local tradition. The project incorporates the overarching Aga Khan Academies brief whilst integrating historic Bangladeshi customs in spatial arrangements.
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