JK Architect of the Year Award (AYA) INDIA, 2001
The Bangabandhu Mausoleum Complex is built in memory of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and his family members who were assassinated in 1975. This is an effort to make a bold manifestation of modernist geometry that blends traditional elements of mausoleum architecture with modern design.
The approach for this design endeavor is to propagate the philosophy and personality of the prolific Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It intends to convey the national history, culture and tradition of Bangladesh and in the process, convey the struggle for rights and independence of the bereft nation inspiring the future generation to build a better future. The scheme of the complex gradually unfolds as a manifestation of modernist geometry, beginning in a square and connecting through an experiential pathway to a perfectly circular mausoleum that loosely resembles the timeless Mandala. The mausoleum is encased within a circular, perforated double screen, creating an almost supernatural aura of light from all directions that reaches a climax from the vertical chauchala canopy. The interior of the mausoleum diffuses the definition of form and space, creating an ethereal atmosphere that is truly breathtaking.