Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Workshop & Recently Completed Project in Karachi

In Search of the ‘Time-less’ in Architecture 
A Workshop on:
Geometrical Proportioning
in the Traditional Architecture of Pakistan

Held at NED Karachi
23rd – 28th February, 2010
 Conducted by Taimoor Khan Mumtaz
‘It can be argued that for our cultural context the message and philosophy of traditional art is still culturally relevant and appropriate as a valid artistic expression. At the level of technology, for us in the sub-continent it makes great sense to learn from this tradition. Especially when we see that the technological solutions of traditional architecture are economically viable and environmentally sustainable for many types of buildings. But it is above all the message of traditional art, whose harmony and beauty aims at reflecting something of the “Time-less”, which … is relevant and meaningful not only in our cultural context but at all times and in all places.’
Taimoor K. Mumtaz, In Search of the ‘Time-less’ in Architecture,
Journal of Research in Architecture & Planning, NED
Issue on: “Architectural Practice”(forthcoming)

In connection with the above Workshop we took the students to a recently completed project - The Mazar of Hazrat Ahmed Sahib, in Sakhi Hasan Graveyard, Karachi. These 5 pictures are from that visit. They were taken by Hasan Abbasi a 4th Yr. Architecture student at NED who also interned at KKM Architects this winter.

The 3 images below are our proposals for the Glazed Tile scheme for this project.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Article from U.K. based Architect Iqbal Alam's Blog

Monday, April 26, 2010

Muqarnas Experiments

Taimoor Khan Mumtaz

The first Muqarnas executed on a KKM project was at the entrance Iwan of Hafiz Mohammad Iqbal & Baba Hasan Din Mazars project in 2005 ( Image on left) . The plans were made from an Iranian handbook by Architect Shabir Hussain (now working in Quetta) while the 3-D studies were done by Hans-Christian Karlberg from Belgium, who was interning at the office at the time. (For more images of this project visit:

Also see: Hans-Christian Karlberg's page for some glimpses of his time at the KKM office at: under projets > architecture > Mumtaz [internship].

Recently Kamil Sahib has been studying and analysing this form and has developed some original prototypes. Below left: drawings by Kamil Sahib and a model by Hisham, 3rd yr architecture student at Punjab University. Below Right: A constructed version at an on-going residential project off Bedian Road.

In parallel the more traditional Iranian type Muqarnas has also been employed at the Sally Town Mosque and at a Holiday Retreat named 'Bagh-e-Arifin' at Wah Village. Below left: 3-D model by Architect Fatima and Below Right:a box-board model by an internee Fatima from UET's Structural Architecture Department last summer.

For a constructed example of the above Muqarnas see:

For a wonderful web data-base on Muqarnas see

Friday, April 23, 2010

KKM Architects Published in Italy, January 2010

(Text by Aresha Gul in co-operation with Kamil Khan Mumtaz Architects, all projects and images © Kamil Khan Mumtaz Architects)
Lahore, my city, is blessed with beautiful and unique architecture. To find the true soul of Lahore you must visit the Old Walled City which dates back hundreds of years. The Walled City includes lovely buildings, homes and a network of small, narrow streets which take you back in time to relive history.... [ to read more click on the Article title].

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Work in Progress: Sally Town Mosque

Central dome design for Sally Town Mosque, Lahore.

Drawing for Calligrapher showing:
Qalib-kari pattern with calligraphy scheme for stars.
Corner Muqarnas plans are also visible.

The Qalib- kari pattern is based on the Akbar Period Begum Shahi Mosque (also known as Marium Zamani Mosque) inside the Walled City's 'Masti' Gate. The Qalib-kari was executed on-site by Ustad Jafar.

Font Elevation
based on the now demolished 17th C Chinnianwali Mosque in the Lahore Walled City 
For more photos and comments see:

Muqarnas at Sally Town Mosque

Executed by Sultan a brilliant young hereditary craftsmen from Multan. He had never before made something like this and was excited by the challenge. Initially he struggled but once we made him a card-board model of the main elements he proceeded without difficulty.