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 reach 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. The mausoleum stands tall and grand, featuring a grand dome and four turrets that rise up to the sky. The dome is intricately adorned with carvings, while the turrets are topped with ornamental finials. Our thought is, "The white marble gleams in the sun as if reflecting his legacy; the dome and turrets reach for the sky, a symbol of his vision." The interior of the mausoleum is equally impressive, with a spacious hall. The rich heritage of mausoleum architectural tradition in this region is revisited in the articulation of the surface of subsidiary structures expressed in red brick against the white fair-face concrete and marble superstructure of the mausoleum. The reinterpretation of water, an essential component set as precedence in monuments as great as the Taj, takes on a unique character in this design. It drops all its pretenses and no attempt at ostentation; instead, the informal village is kept as part of the mausoleum's superstructure in rural Bangla, a subtle reminder of the Father of the Nation's roots and the mausoleum is a part of rural Bangla culture. The Bangabandhu Mausoleum Complex is not just a symbol of architectural excellence but also a poetic reminder of the love and reverence that the people of Bangladesh have for their beloved leader. The mausoleum complex is a shrine where his followers come to pay homage to the man who gave them freedom and led them through their darkest age. It is a tribute to his dedication and a reminder of the humble beginnings of Bangladesh's founding father.
Bangabandhu Mausoleum, Tungipara
Department of Archeology, Ministry of Cultural Affairs
Ar. Ehsan Khan
Ar. Md. Iqbal Habib
Ar. Md. Ishtiaque Zahir
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