Sadiq & Polack

HERITAGE DOCUMENTATION OF HOMIE KATRAK CHAMBERS KARACHI


2009
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TYPE: Adaptive Reuse/Heritage
CATEGORY: Architecture
LOCATION: M.A. Jinnah Road, Plot 4, RB-7, Rambagh Quarters, Karachi, Pakistan.
YEAR: 2009
SIZE: 3000 m²
ARCHITECTS: The Architects Polack
CLIENT: Paradigm Real Estate Developer.
COLLABORATORS: Arcop Pvt. Ltd.
STATUS: Completed

Homie Katrak Chambers, located at the junction of Hoshang and Abdullah Haroon roads in Karachi was built in 1929 during British rule, is a colonial architectural heritage, and was declared a protected heritage site under the Sindh Cultural Heritage Act of 1994.

The Architects Polack known for their adaptive reuse and heritage sensitive work were contacted by Arcop to help carry out a thorough documentation and adaptive reuse study for the approval of the Heritage Committee – Culture Department of the Sindh Government.

A detailed and meticulous documentation was carried out for the 3000 square meters of the heritage structures. Its heritage features were marked and catalogued and recommendations were made for its future adaptations respecting the historical links, current context and future needs of the city.