The New Face of Karachi

Image009.jpgGlass and Aluminum cladding is the latest trend for the new buildings that are being raised in Karachi. Almost every new commercial building in Karachi is now being dressed up in glass & aluminum. A drive on Shahrah-e-Faisal (with ample traffic jams) shows that in a few months’ time, we will have a number of new structures that will clearly out-fashion their paint-on-cement cousins. The glass and aluminum combination is not only shiny when clean and (hopefully!) rust proof, the modular nature of the build-up technique allows interesting and good-looking designs to be stuck on the otherwise plain boring straight structures.

The Port Trade Center building (near Mehdi Towers, Nursery stop) is just complete. This building near Awami Markaz and the two buildings opposite the ‘array of courier services offices’ are the prominent ones.

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A new business tower close to Lal Kothi building and Union Bank’s building
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Faisal Bank Head Office (near Regent Plaza Hotel) is clad in a somber grayish brown metal and glass.

14 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    Bangalore, with it’s moernization ans growth also witness similar trends in building decor, I have posted about the excessive use of glass that can add into global warming due to additional refection of sunlight…


  2. Umair H MIrza (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    There is surely some crazy developments going on at share faisal.. but the blds reallly lack the creativity !! especially the box type faysal bank. guys check this out for a great feel !!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkQnCE0rQ50


  3. Zeba (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    Am sure they have maintenance plans ready once the buildings are completed and tenants occupy and nobody is least concern for the tenants’ welfare / well being.


  4. Faisal (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    Looks pretty impressive…
    The only thing that worries me slightly is the parking issue…Where are all those cars going to go? :S

    “I have posted about the excessive use of glass that can add into global warming due to additional refection of sunlight…”

    @ Rajesh…. BS man…get real. You know, everytime you fart, you contribute to global warming too. How about u keep the ‘good stuff’ inside next time around.


  5. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

    well the structure of th ebuilings in Pakistan is changing for sure…but i wonder how strong the structure actually is!?! after the fall of the NEW bridge…i dont think any pakistani constructor can be trusted!


  6. hira khan (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    nice…i hope they dont collapse…lol…


  7. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    well the structure of th ebuilings in Pakistan is changing for sure…but i wonder how strong the structure actually is!?! after the fall of the NEW bridge…i dont think any pakistani constructor can be trusted!


  8. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    well the structure of th ebuilings in Pakistan is changing for sure…but i wonder how strong the structure actually is!?! after the fall of the NEW bridge…i dont think any pakistani constructor can be trusted!


  9. Jameel Khan (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    @ malaika rizwi:
    “i dont think any pakistani constructor can be trusted!”

    Why would you say it 3 times? Is it Nikaah or Divorce?


  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

    BB Mailaika, Bass bhi karoo, itni dafa mai tou Dulha dulhan ko lay kar phoot layta hai, ya…… WOH apna puller ready kar kai kar apni ma kay ghar chali jati hai…. !

    – Mohammed Akram tum kahan hou………….!


  11. Rajesh (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    Thanks Faisal, about the fart theory!!

    I never knew it’s heard/felt by you!! apologies…I will try to be careful the next time!!


  12. Concerned (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    The Bridge was a once in a life time thing. why would ppl lose trust in construction companies. Has it ever happened any where else in Pakistan.

    PS dont give me small holes in bridges which are fixed right away.


  13. Saad (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    for all those who think
    “modular nature of the build-up technique allows interesting and good-looking designs” – Sorry but all the new construction on SF looks U G L Y ! !


  14. zee (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    Hira… that was NOT funny at all!



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