Architect Rafiq Azam receives Cityscape Global Award 2017
Internationally acclaimed Architect Md. Rafiq Azam representing his Dhaka based Practice SHATOTTO has won the CITYSCAPE AWARD 2017 for “South Huda’s Skyline” project. The honor has been announced on 11TH September, 2017 on a grand Award Gala Night at Hotel Conrad Dubai, Dubai. The Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets celebrates excellence in real estate development and architecture. Covering a range of categories, the awards offer international architects and leading real estate developers a prestigious platform to communicate a shared vision for the future, from culturally integrated city skylines to sustainable urban communities. SHATOTTO has been declared as the winner under the category “Residential- Medium to High Rise (Built)”. The developer of the project is “South Breeze Housing Ltd.”
This year over 300 submissions was received from 13 different countries of the world in 11 different categories, and only 45 shortlisted by an independent panel of experts and invited to present their works physically in front of the Jurors on 9th September 2017. The jury panel then selected the winners and it was announced on 11th September 2017 at DUBAI on one of the biggest real estate event Cityscape Global 2017.
The project “Huda’s Skyline” is a Joint Venture (Landowner and Developer) apartment building development in Gulshan area, a high-end residential area of Dhaka. Here the land area is 803 square meter and the number of apartments are 23, means the density is 114 units/acre. The challenge of the project had two folds. One is achieving the maximum construction area in order to make the development viable both for developer and landowner. The second challenge was to make the development a construction in terms of social and urban landscape. Architecturally the project was quite an interesting and challenging since it was a corner plot facing East & North. The north is also facing a large mosque with a green open space along with some large trees. So the lack of sun light except early morning on the East was a big design consideration in this project. In order to justify the climate and context, a “L” shaped configuration of the building has been considered, which generated a green lawn in the corners of the street. So the existing mosque green along with newly developed apartment green created a new urban landscape as a contribution to the city. Furthermore, the glass boundary wall has been used to enhance the respectful and trustful relationship with the citizens of the city. It is very clear that the high solid boundary wall with barbed wire and “be aware of dog” sign is a symbol of disrespect and distrust among the community.
The ground floor has been designed in a way that it becomes an extended landscape of the city and a rendezvous place for the apartment owners. The double height entrance has been created not only to ensure the ground floor lofty entry but also allowing the inclined winter sun touches the lawn in the morning. The use of lofty glazed lounge, the water body, the lawn all visually connected to the community philosophically making the building a social phenomenon. Since Dhaka is a high seismic risk zone, the building has been reduced its volume as its goes up. Hence, generated numbers of terraces and gardens with duplexes and pent houses. Use of exposed reinforced concrete structures with infill exposed terracotta brick not only justify the earthquake resistance but also justify the subtropical architectural poetry.
Source : SHATOTTO