Designed while the country was still part of a Pakistan, the complex is one of the largest legislative complexes in the world, comprising 200 acres. Construction was started in 1961 when Bangladesh was East Pakistan, led by Ayub Khan from the West Pakistan capital of Islamabad.

Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban or National Parliament House / Image source

Jatiya Sangsad was designed by Louis Kahn. The government sought assistance from South Asian activist and architect Muzharul Islam who recommended bringing in the world’s top architects for the project. He initially attempted to bring Alvar Aalto and Le Corbusier, who were both were unavailable at the time. Islam then enlisted his former teacher at Yale, Louis Kahn.

Construction was halted during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and was completed on January 1982. Kahn died when the project was approximately three-quarters completed and it continued under David Wisdom, who worked for Kahn.

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