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AD Classics: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh / Louis Kahn

01:00 - 20 October, 2010
AD Classics: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh / Louis Kahn, © Flickr abrinsky (CC BY-NC-SA)
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Modernist architecture is traditionally understood to be utilitarian, sleek, and most of all without context, such that it can be placed in any context and still stay true to aesthetic principles and its functional requirements.  However, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building of Bangladesh in Dhaka is an extraordinary example of modern architecture being transcribed as a part of Bangali vernacular architecture.  The National Assembly building, completed in 1982, stands as one of Kahn’s most prominent works, but also as a symbolic monument to the government of Bangladesh.