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Jamatkhana

Executive Designer

Preliminary Design, Detail Design, Tender Documentation, Site Supervision

CLIENT: AGA KHAN DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

STATUS: Construction in progress

LOCATION: Khorog, Tajikistan

BUILDING AREA: 4.700m2

 

JAMATKHANA AND CULTURAL CENTRE IS LOCATED IN KHOROG, TAJIKISTAN. THE JAMATKHANA WILL BE THE FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT CENTRE IN BADAKHSHAN, HISTORIC REGION IN SOUTHEASTERN TAJIKISTAN AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE REGION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Building itself, with basement, ground floor and first floor, is rich in symbolism in the design. It draws inspiration and design vocabulary from its surroundings –mountains and the river, architecture of the area, local building materials and construction techniques, as well as Arar trees. The complex is seen as a grand pavilion in the garden along the river walk and city park. Civic plaza stairs lead to the terrace which looks into the foyer. The courtyard uses natural stone paving interspersed with grass - which is extensively used in the area. Random ledge stone wall forms the exterior cladding of the buildings, as a series of free-standing walls commonly found in Khorog. Openings in the wall are dealt with timber-glazed partitions which are inspired by the verandas in the local buildings. Roof structure is constructed in concrete, steel and wood to imitate traditional expression. All materials were part of the original design submissions, but have been taken to a higher level of detail and sophistication. The view of the building from the entry walkway shows a strong sense of geometry with two blocks on either side. Architectural and interior design were done by Canadian company FNDA.