Renowned architect Rafiq Azam's project “Bangladesh Chancery Complex" in Pakistan's Islamabad has been shortlisted in this year's MIPIM Awards.
Rafiq is the principal architect of Shattoto, an architecture firm based in Dhaka with a focus on “architecture for green living”.
Four projects have been selected as finalists in the "best future project” category, according to the MIPIM website.
The MIPIM Awards is an internationally-acclaimed real estate competition. "It honours the most outstanding and accomplished projects, completed or yet to be built, around the world...," says the website.
It also writes about Rafiq's project: “The 1971 war in Pakistan resulted in the splitting of the country between East and West, and the emergence of the new country of Bangladesh, beside the bay of Bengal. A sign of continuing improvements in the socio-political environment in the region is the construction of the Bangladesh Chancery Complex in Islamabad. Work began in January 2017 on a five-acre area of land close to the regal Margalla Hills.”
The other three projects under the category are China World Trade Center Phase 3C Development by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, Christiansholm by COBE, and Quay Quarter Tower by 3XN Architects.
Some 44 projects have been shortlisted in 11 categories among 214 international entries. The award will be announced at Palais De Fesival, Cannes, France, on March 16.