Historical Buildings Research (HBR)


The research aim is to document, understand and profile, century old buildings across Pakistan for archival purposes. The roots of historic buildings in South Asia lies in the early attempts of British engineers in the 18th century to design a standardized and permanent architecture based on indigenous domestic structures for the East India Company when the British were still traders in the sub-continent. In its later version, the archetypal bungalow in the 19th century consisted one and two-story structures, spacious buildings, internally divided, having a symmetrical layout with a veranda all around, situated in a large compound. This basic models was also adopted with modifications almost everywhere British imperial rule existed at that time to suit the local context and its environment.