Institute of Business Administration(IBA) | Student Center | By Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative | Karachi ,Pakistan

Project Students Center
Location IBA Main Campus, Karachi University, Karachi –Pakistan
Area 34,000 SFT
Year 2013

Architecture Consultants

Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Limited

Scope Of work Architecture and Top Supervision of Construction
Lead Architects Syed Zayd Bilgrami, Ahsan Najmi, Sarah Najmi Bilgrami
MEP Mehboob & Co
Structure Beg Associates
Project Manager INTEG
Photo Credits Shabih Haider


The IBA Student’s Center, located on IBA’s Main Campus, accommodates

  • Recreational spaces(Dining hall)
  • Lounges,
  • Cafe
  • IT hall
  • Gym
  • Indoor Play areas with plenty of spill out areas and
  • A roof top amphitheater

The Student Centre was conceived as a complete facility for recreational respite and “to create a space which encourages social interaction.” In addition to the student lounges, computer lab, societies’ offices, indoor play areas, gym, badminton courts, a dining hall and coffee shop and various open spaces for students to gather, the most notable feature that determined the form of the structure is the amphitheater.

The challenge of locating an amphitheater within the limited available area of the campus was resolved by placing it on the roof of the Student Centre. Two tapered triangular masses intersect at a point that accommodates the geometry of the amphitheater section.

Internally the spaces are more than connected through a horizontal platform; double height spaces create visual interaction and the use of framing the outside environment, as well as incorporating landscape within, allows for visual fluidity. The interior that is meant to be “youthful”, is a combination of natural materials and exquisite detailing, ceiling ducts exposed.  The majestic use of color is through vinyl graphics designed by the architects themselves. Each space is illuminated with natural light and views into intimate landscaped areas, more like personal spaces within a communal setting.



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  1. August 21, 2017

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