Unusually for Pakistan, this building uses white fair-face concrete for all exterior and interior finished surfaces. It is anticipated that the weathering of the material will create a warmth of character far removed from the clinical sterility of standard structures. The building was designed as offices for a water company, but is being leased to the Federal Urdu University pending the company's privatisation. It is six storeys (the maximum allowable); each floor overhangs the one below it by three metres to provide natural sun protection. The structure is of reinforced concrete.
Water & Power Authority Office Building Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.