Building of Engineering and Technical Projects

Karbala, Iraq




Built-up Area:

Commercial Buildings

General Directorate of Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein

$3 Million

2,800 m2

The design brief is for an eight story office building (ground floor + 7 with one Basement), in the Holy City of Karbala.

This building is to be the headquarters of the "General Directorate of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain" with modern office spaces, meeting and conference rooms.

The concept design was based on the history of Karbala and the Holy Shrine. The design of the office building merges traditional with modern architecture.

The building is composed of two blocks (inspired by the Holy shrines) linked by an Atrium, symbolizing the public space linking the Holy Shrines.

The Atrium is a source of light and transparency. It is animated by a sculptural water wall feature that drops the total height of the building from roof to ground floor level. It also provides a certain degree of temperature control and cools the air.