Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban - History

History

There have been nine national elections in Bangladesh. The first and second Parliaments used the Old Shangshad Bhaban, which currently serves as the Prime Minister's Office.

Construction began in 1961 by the Government of Pakistan as a permanent building for the federal legislature of both West and East Pakistan and was completed after the country's war of independence and several decades — on 28 January, 1982. The complex opened the following month on 15 February for the eighth (and last) session of the second parliament of Bangladesh and has since operated as the sole complex for the National Assembly.

Jatiyo Sangshad was designed by Louis Kahn. Previously, the government had appointed Muzharul Islam as the center's architect, but Islam deferred, instead recommending Alvar Aalto or Le Corbusier. When those architects were unavailable, Islam enlisted his former teacher Louis Kahn as the architect. Throughout the project's design and construction, Islam assisted Kahn.

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