Canadian Chancery and Official Residence
Dhaka, Bangladesh


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Bangladesh has one of the densest populations on earth and is one of the world's poorest nations. How then does an architect known for a critical regionalist approach operate in this situation? A contextualist approach is not a style, but rather a discipline, a method, a way of seeing, which is transferable. Building within the material culture of a place not only communicates a respect for regional context but also ensures the maximum economic value. The Ganges Delta has only two principle resources: alluvial silt and people, which translates into bricks and bricklayers. Therefore, the building's material palette therefore consists of an elongated brick wall, which wraps the courtyard that is punctuated by a series of folded metal elements.

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects were the Design Architects in association with RDH Architects as Prime Consultants.

2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Citation