Text | Maria Aslam Visuals Courtesy | Isbah Hassan & Associates
Project Details
Project: UBL Regional Head Quarters
Location: Jail Road, Lahore 

Area: 185000 sqft  

Consultant: Isbah Hassan & Associates  

Contractor: Mughal Construction  

Year of completion: 2018
The Corporate culture especially the banking sector is a segment of building environments that has time immemorial been conscious of the buildings that they are housed in and the interior environment that they inhabit. From the Medici family of Italian Bankers of the 14th century that went on to spread throughout the entire of Europe from the city of Florence; to the Headquarters of Citibank for example, banking sector edifices are forever making a statement of prominence through the art of architecture. Similarly, when UBL acquired a vantage plot in Lahore, the same ideology was set in motion. 

The building sited on Jail Road, Lahore – a stone’s throw away from the famous Canal Road is visible from many adjacent arteries and by its stature and architecture cannot be missed. The setback allows the building the magnificent entrance approach from the road The Edwardian character of the building was emphasized by the client that desired that such a structure be envisaged that embodies Lahore’s rich heritage of historical buildings. In response to the banks ideology the architect implemented the post-colonial stylization deduced from the client’s desire of a building reminiscent of Edwardian architecture with an expansive architectural and interior landscape, Isbah Hassan & Associates took on the task to design the Head Office for UBL, Lahore that was inaugurated in the first quarter of 2018. It is during the 17th and 18th century that Edwardian architecture is characterized after Baroque period. 

Though highly symmetrical with a high point of axis it is less ornate, domed rooftop pavilions with an emphasis on central tower like element creating a lively rooftop and a strong silhouette. In the interiors Edwardian characteristics are reflective on the pattern making that is less complex with less clutter in ornamentation, it is a derivative of less is more in ornamentation, detailing and pattern making. 

Deducing the potential vocabulary of Edwardian architecture as 19th century European architecture, the design was adapted to make the form relevant for today. The multistory building is prefaced by a looming façade and stairs cascading both downwards, to a courtyard in the lower ground, and upwards into the building. The staircase acts as a pivotal node not just in the planning of the spatial arrangement but also tethers the interior expanse of the double height space with the glory akin to the past edifices that the client desired to recreate The courtyard doubles as an open-air corridor, running from end to end of the Ground floor of the building Detail of glass chandelier at the main lobby 2020 front face of the building, reminiscent of a moat at the entrance of a castle. The space is spotted with singular trees surrounded by shrubbery while white stone patterns in geometric cuts embellish the grass, creating a favorable balance of hard- and soft-scaping. 

Lining the staircase are balustrades that continue upwards to the arched doorway and around the terrace of the building. The main doorway opens onto the ground floor of the building with similarly arched floor length windows, giving the building a palatial look. The aura of the entry is continuous as one is transported to the interior enclave. The vertical circulatory nexus is the axis and the pivot of the building where the spaces are arranged around the circular stairwell as per the requirements of each floor. The flooring resonates with the circular pattern and reinforces the stairwell significance and importance in the plan that shapes itself at all levels. Inside, a contemporized version of imposing European architecture is employed.  

The central rotunda is highlighted with the classical marble inlay flooring pattern, and the ceiling coffered detailing in the double height spaces exudes the power of architecture of Edwardian era. The column details, the central hanging crystal chandelier are all creations of the classical times. A time of exuberance, aura, might and power that are reflective of a banking environment. In contrast with the grandeur of the main lobby, other areas utilize a more contemporary form of architecture while still maintaining the elegance associated with the overall traditional vocabulary. 

The primary palette of golds and beiges accentuates the sophistication of the design in boardrooms and other executive spaces, while communal areas include dark gray as a contrasting element, tempering the atmosphere. This unique postcolonial stylization involves adapting the more rigid and ostentatious European architecture of the 19th century to the contemporary setting of postmodern Lahore, blending the building into the architectural landscape. Rising more then 125 feet, this 9 storey building features state of the art facility and cutting-edge technology housed in this post-colonial Edwardian structure of the 21st century. The silhouette stands out amongst the contemporary neighborhood with structures of glass and concrete and is a duality reminiscent of the bygone eras in one of the technologically advanced financial hub of the country.

Maria Aslam, is a prolific writer, architectural historian, and environmental activist, working in the fields of interior design, architecture, and heritage conservation. As the founder and editor-in-chief of ADA Magazine, she has pioneered the ADA Awards, the first of its kind, in the disciplines of Architecture, Design, and Art. Alongside her architectural and interior design practice, ArchWorks, she is the chairperson of Pakistan’s Institute of Interior Designers.

89 thoughts on “(In)Corporate Culture, Through The Art Of Architecture”

  1. мон плезир казань отель отель green hall красная поляна
    отель синдика путевки для пенсионеров в санатории пансионаты кисловодска с лечением
    санатории в горном алтае кирилловка отдых 2021 архипо осиповка роза ветров цены

  2. отдых в крыму стоимость санатории лазаревского района
    дельфин пансионат адлер 2 отели с бассейном в питере абхазия алекс бич отель официальный сайт
    санаторий лиски воронежская пансионат айтар сухум абхазия отзывы 2021 калининград курорты

  3. касабланка репино отель поворот приэльбрусье
    крым здравница гостиница космос байкальск дилуч официальный сайт
    парк активного отдыха гришкино спа ливадийский отдых в крыму 2021 поповка

  4. крым новый свет отдых на 2021 год австерия нягань
    санаторий им кирова пятигорск цены на 2021 отель достоевский санкт петербург официальный сайт цены отели феодосии для отдыха с детьми
    абхазия отель 5 звезд все включено база отдыха волна крым хостел арена москва

  5. radisson новосибирск дерево дружбы сочи цена
    санаторий центросоюз кисловодск цены на 2022 демократ отель санкт петербург сергиев посад гостиницы эконом
    отель сан марино гагры официальный сайт ивушка официальный сайт санатории лор органов

  6. дизак купить дом в новомихайловке туапсинского района
    творческая волна коктебель официальный гостиница аэропорт в уфе отзывы гостиница лукоянов
    отель бридж резорт сочи гостиницы сергача нижегородская область г геленджик ул туристическая д 4

  7. вулкан шуго анапа цены гостиница олимп барнаул
    источник ессентуки дома отдыха в карелии недорого все включено спа отели крыма все включено с бассейном
    алекс отель санкт петербург на нарвской адлер отели у моря аквалоо гостиница

  8. парк отель авеню пансионат в краснодарском крае
    мечта евпатория отзывы отель сказка уфа целебный нарзан ул желябова 5 кисловодск
    жемчужина моря кабардинка отзывы золотой пляж 2 абхазия лечение

  9. гостиница шелонь порхов оао ржд здоровье официальный сайт
    интер сухум 3 абхазия отзывы санаторий усолье самарская область хостел на мира краснодар
    отдых на новый год туры абхазия лечение черноморец пансионат эконом абхазия гудаута

  10. санаторий радон в лисках апарт отель покровский сочи
    отели в ярославле в центре судак гостиница санаторий актер цены
    отель лазурный берег анапа отзывы санаторий черноморье ялта фсб зенит крым официальный сайт

  11. саки санаторий полтава цены на 2021 гостиница шератон в калуге
    выбрать путевку альметьевск ромашкино гостиница юг краснодар
    спа отели в петергофе турбаза дача поддубного отели москвы недорогие с завтраком

  12. kompass hotel круиз геленджик флора отель архыз
    санатории санкт петербурга и ленинградской лазаревское отели у моря с бассейном ретро отель
    карпаты отдых цены 2021 из москвы пихтовый бор гостиницы гор лиски

  13. расписание электричек горный воздух роза хутор крым отели на берегу
    поселок эльбрус гостиницы курорт горячий ключ отель в сестрорецке с бассейном
    отель в сочи 1389 санаторий рядом с домом казань пансионат в новом свете крым

  14. чайная горка ул щербака 14 ялта отель янина санкт петербург букинг
    индиго сукко официальный сайт вера отель санкт петербург официальный сайт муромская усадьба
    alm hotel красная поляна музей кара тобе хостел достоевский киров

  15. мини гостиница юбилейная ярославль крым судак гостевые дома с бассейном
    туристические путевки в крым саната тревел санатории татарстана фгбу скссрц мчс россии кисловодск
    сочи пансионат металлург отели в горячем ключе с бассейном санаторий в тюмени

  16. family friendly all inclusive resorts in cancun
    [url=]best cancun hotels all inclusive[/url]

  17. cancun all inclusive vacations deals
    [url=]cancun all inclusive vacation packages best deals[/url]

  18. best affordable all inclusive resorts in cancun
    [url=]pictures of cancun mexico[/url]

  19. best family all-inclusive resorts 2021
    [url=]palace resorts cancun all inclusive[/url]

  20. yucatan peninsula all inclusive resorts
    [url=]hotels in cancun by the beach[/url]

  21. What i don’t understood is actually how you’re not actually much more well-liked than you may be now. You are so intelligent. You realize thus significantly relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from numerous varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs great. Always maintain it up!

  22. [url=]is zofran over the counter[/url] what can you give a dog for pain relief over the counter?

  23. [url=]scabies treatment over the counter walmart[/url] antibiotics over the counter

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *