FORM.3 Architects Wins Dhaka Jail Redevelopment Competition
FORM.3 Architects and team have won the much talked about Dhaka Central Jail redevelopment competition. The competition was arranged by the Prisons Directorate, Security Services Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, GOB and Supported by Institute of Architects Bangladesh and Bangladesh Institute of Planners. A redevelopment proposal was invited for the Old Central Jail site with a wide spectrum of objectives notably to Master Plan the Old Dhaka central jail area with preservation of jail life, activity and its history, responsive place making for the communities and tourists, reflecting history and heritage of Old Dhaka, Provide a network of open space within a scheme of landscaping; the focus meant to be on redevelopment of the surrounding area including more efficient traffic pattern. The competition was officially titled as “Historic Preservation and Landscape Design of the Old Dhaka Central Jail and Redevelopment of its Surrounding Area”.
Among the 34 submissions, two of the projects were awarded 1st and 2nd while three others received commendation. Award winners are FORM.3 Architects and R.E.D Consultant & Zero.D Consultants JV . Marina Tabassum Architects , Ayoteek and Center for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism at BRAC University won the commendations. The 7 member jury board was comprised of prominent architects, academics, conservationist and bureaucrats.
Glimpse of the winning project | Courtesy: FORM.3 Architects
At this point of celebration a spokesman from FORM. 3 Architects conveyed the massage to CONTEXT – “Old Dhaka Central Jail has passed many phases as an integral part of the history of Dhaka and has come at the verge of serving the present need. As a transition from the past history to a vibrant future, a design idea was generated that gives the experience of the significant past as well as a relief space, accommodates the vibrant urban life of old Dhaka”
For interested viewers and concerned citizen an exhibition of the projects was inaugurated on October 30th at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy by Honorable Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, Asaduzzaman Khan, MP, where he distributed the awards as well.
CONTEXT hopes to publish the winning projects for its audience in due course.
Other Winning Entries:
2nd Place: R.E.D Consultant & Zero.D Consultants JV
Commendation: Center for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism at BRAC University