A splash of color?

The new management of Habib Bank Ltd. has decided to give the monument which has described karachi for so many decades…. a splash of color! Who can forget the image of this building, lighted up from the ground by flood lights with the red (and later, green) ring at the top, whenever there was a national, religious or other event?! Well.. now we can replace that image with this new one! I caught this while driving back home one day.. i think they were testing the lights or something.

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The colors are white, orange, red, pink, purple and blue. There was a green and yellow in there somewhere too which i missed. What do you think? Looks nice? Looks ugly?

12 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

    This looks like MCB Towers.. I think the lighting at the Habib bank Building was really cool unlike the MCB towers.. tell me what place this is. i might go & take a few shots.

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    illusion: its Habib Bank building.. if you could post some closeups or better quality shots here.. that would be lovely! thanks

  3. Asif (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 9:13 pm

    I wonder how it would look like if it were painted white or something. It needs some sort of a facelift to make it look more modern. I believe it was built in the 70s.

  4. Bilal Zuberi (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

    Maybe they are trying to learn from Dubai where their 7-start hotel has such a light setup.

  5. Dee (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 12:04 am

    I used to live pretty close to Skydome(Toronto) and it was wonderful to see skydome with lighting(similar to Habib Bank) on and especially during snow fall simply breath taking :)

  6. Karachiite (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 2:08 am

    It looks really cool at night, late night that is, not near Maghrib time..

    When I last saw HB it was red and green..

    I think its good.. but yeah a waste of lighting when theres a shortage of power..

  7. danny (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 4:23 am

    The Empire State Building in NYC does this as well. The lighting coincides with special occasions. eg. on Aug 14th, the building was lit in white and green lights in honor of Pakistan’s independence


  8. Sajid (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    Why they always follow others? Why not invent something new, Our ports minister is inspired by the jeddah fountain so he made one and now new HB management is inspired with burj al arab hotel?

    Before lightning it up, please color the poor old building, you can easily see its fading color due to mud and pollution of II chundrigar road.

  9. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    UT Austin has a UT tower
    which is lighted according to the event
    lights of this building can easily be managed very welll if they just put in some effort.. i guess a new paint job wouldnt hurt

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

    Cool! i was wondering where they had gotten the idea from.. :p

    In a country where everything has to be dubai-ish (from malls to parks and what not) it doesnt really bother me atleast.

  11. vinpooh (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    these are coloured LED’s on the habib bank plaza.

    i don’t care if they were inspired from some place else- they seem very much at ‘home’ in karachi- and i love it for that!

    though, thank god they don’t change colours randomly- for when they did- looked like a crazy (cheap) disco!

    i loved the amtrak building i saw in philadelphia this summer. it’s tastefully lit up in purple, blue and yellow- worth a watch!

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 12:58 am

    vinpooh: they have to be some BIG leds to be visible from such a distance!! Yes.. its not random, but a pretty stable time per color.

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