Architecture of Muzharul Islam

With my second trip to Dhaka wrapping up today I had a bit of time to go see a building by architect Muzharul Islam. Islam is known as the father of “Bengali modernism” and was one of the most influential architects of South Asia in the 1960s and 70s. In fact it was Islam who was originally commissioned to design the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, but he deferred this honor and invited his former teacher Louis Kahn to assume the role of master architect. The Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University is Islam’s first major work, completed in 1954. It is a classic modern white volume on piloti, but beautifully crafted throughout with traditional woodwork; it has really held up well after decades of use from art students.

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