The central idea of this low-income housing was to create a sense of belonging for a displaced community. The development is divided into distinct neighbourhoods - in contrast to the tattered urbanity of Karachi as a whole - and organised around plazas, gardens and courtyards, linked by ceremonial pathways. Shading devices, natural ventilation and a water recycling system all contribute to sustainability. The post-and-beam structures are infilled with both solid and hollow brick masonry and finished with earth-toned Colorcrete. The project cost around US$ 10 per square foot, inclusive of land and infrastructure.
Photographs of Al-Azhar Garden Housing. Courtesy of Architect (submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), 2007.
For the Aga Khan Award for Architecture nomination procedures, architects are requested to submit several layers of documentation including photography. These images supplement the slides and digital images also submitted.