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.

The original plans were studied and CHADA decided to return the hotel’s porte-cochere and entrance to its original 1960’s location alongside the main guestroom wing and to convert the previously extended new lobby into a food and beverage precinct.

The design direction chosen is a mix of European grand luxury entwined with a tapestry of colour and texture that is symbolic of the Bangladeshi culture.

Feature Materials

Gold metal finishes
Leather padded reception desk

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