Sight of the Day

I saw this building on the II Chundrigarh road which I thought was Standard Chartered *when I took the picture* but when I came back home and saw it on my pc, I figured it was Saudi Pak Bank. I think this is the best lit up building in Karachi and the architecture is great as well. I do not know anything about the history of this building, but it seems to be constructed in the Colonial Era. It looks great at night and I recommend everyone have a look at it.

I saw some problems with the building and I believe they can easily be fixed. Firstly, there is a huge Saudi Pak hoarding on top of the building *which I have removed from the picture above*. It just doesnt go with the building. I am sure the Bank is loving the Free Advertising space, but I think they should realise that it is their headquarters and it should only have their logo and not the entire advert. I mean its not a rule, but it does not at all look cool.
Secondly, the panaflex with Saudi Pak on it at the entrance of the building is ugly, its not classy at all but then I havent seen any classy Name Frames at a SaudiPak facility. Whats even worst is that its not even lit up ??
Thirdly if you notice on the outside of the third floor, you would see outdoor light stands which shouldnt be visible on a building like this.


My suggestions to them *I am sure they dont care* is that they should remove the hoarding on top and replace it with a huge METALLIC LOGO *please panaflex aint classy anymore*
Secondly they should replace the Name frame on their entrance with something made out of WOOD/METAL.
Thirdly, if they can do something about the visible light stands, that would be great.

It still looks very cool, but if they do the above, that would make it the best looking building in karachi. What do you all think?

9 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    illusionFS: lovely capture! this building is quite old.. started its life in the late 18th century as the Karachi branch of Lloyds Bank of London.. since then has been home to the headquarters of various national/international banks throughout the ages.

    as for your suggestions.. they would serve to highlight the historical importance of this building. Hope someone from saudi pak is reading this.

  2. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    Mansoor: Exactly, Llyods & Barclays were the two names that came to my mind. It looks like a bank in Central London. Only the signs look ugly.
    Thanks for the updated history.

  3. umar (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    i’ve been in this building… the elevator is a classic

  4. umar (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:12 am

    is this a slow shutter? seems like it from the trail of traffic. a much longer exposure would have eliminated this effect.

  5. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:17 am

    Umar: Thanks for your suggestion. 1/13 seconds. Not long.. I was not carring my tripod. So I increased the ISO. I was in a moving car. I stopped for 15 seconds, took the shots and moved. *Most important reason was that I did not want my camera to be snatched*


  6. umar (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:50 am

    yup… thats exactly why i don’t carry my camera all the time… good shot nevertheless, i like ur passion for photography.

  7. SWA (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:53 am

    You can see more pictures of this building here:'s.htm

    This building is a heritage building. Having a hoarding on top of it amounts to destruction of national treasure. Its sacrilege. The CDGK needs to take it down and make sure theres no hoarding put on top of it!

  8. K.A. (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    The whole of Saddar and surrounding areas are full of such buildings..architectural beauty brought down to a beastly appearance by shop signs etc… apparently doesn’t seem like much will be done about them. The CDGK and others seem occupied with ‘other stuff’.

  9. wasiq (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 2:48 am

    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY kids…..for once don’t ask what we did for pakistan,ask what britian did not do for pakistan…..

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