Adorning a prime location on the banks of the ancient river Tigris in Baghdad, the new complex for the Council of Ministers is a majestic sight. Grandiose, yet with a distinct sense of purpose simultaneously representing the country’s illustrious past as well as its vibrant future. The design proposed by Dewan Architects & Engineers won third prize in the international competition organised by the Council of Ministers. It features a clear and functional arrangement of the different buildings, which combines with the architecture’s inherent transparency to symbolise the new and modern Iraq.
The complex was designed to elegantly integrate with other governmental buildings in the urban context and to achieve prominence as a city landmark. Several local architectural elements and influences were incorporated into the design, but implemented with modern building technologies and methods. This results in a unique fusion of past and present a complex that pays homage to local tradition, with an impressive and magnificent scale, attention to detail, and stunning aesthetics.