Intercontinental Hotel, Dhaka
This project was always going to present us with challenges not just because of its location but because of the architectural complexity and the timelines set by the owners, the Bangladeshi Government.
We took the lead design role among the line-up of international consultants for the complete renovation and refurbishment of this classic Sixty’s hotel.
The 300-room property was the country’s first international hotel and during its early days it hosted all the grand events and was the centre of Dhaka social life. In one of the ballrooms the historic signing of Independence took place, when Bangladesh formally separated from Pakistan.
We were dealing with important historical bones and so it was important to recapture the glamour and elegance that had disappeared long ago.