General Directorate of Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein Engineering and Technical Office Building
General Directorate of Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein
The design brief is for an 8 storey office building with one basement, in the holy city of Karbala. The Building is the headquarters of the “general Directorate of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain” with modern office spaces, meeting and conference rooms.
The concept design is based on the history of Karbala and the Holy Shrine. The design of the building merges the traditional with the modern architecture. The building is composed of two blocks (inspired by the Holy Shrine) that are linked by an atrium, which symbolizes the public space linking the Holy Shrines.
The atrium is a source of light and visual connectivity between the floors, it is animated by a sculptural water wall feature, which drops the total height of the building and provides a certain degree of temperature control by cooling the air.