National Defence College at Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka.
Mess Bidg (24,300 sft.)
Residential Blk (1,43,000 sft.)
Commandant’s Residence (4,200 sft.)
The National Defense College Complex, situated at Mirpur Cantonment, designed by Architekton (Pvt.) Ltd. is one of the highest academic institutions for research and study national and international security. High ranking officials from security and civil administration are among its students. It has a truly international environment as it also hosts a large number of international students.
The project comprises Master Plan and detail design of the component buildings which includes 6 (six) story building housing the Academic and Administrative functions for the National Defense College and War College, an International Students Hostel along with dining and catering facilities, conference facilities of very high quality, two 8 (eight) story apartment building blocks for students and teaching staffs and Commandant’s residence.
The design is an expression of variations within the discipline of an expressed structure consisting of as cast concrete columns and beams. Two story high free standing columns front the rectangular geometry of the form. This expression is enhanced with the use of exposed ceramic brick work intended to add to the purity of the form. The visual language is precise where nothing can be added or taken away. The front porch leads to the central lobby which rises to the full height of the building interrupted by dynamic bridges that connect the functions on either side. This building is a part of a bigger complex which includes an officers’ mess and accommodations units yet to be built.