|Riverine Architecture | Sharif Jahir Hossain
|Betua village, Tangail, Bangladesh
|Shahjahan Mian, Amrul Hasan & Rasel Hasan
The narrow, linear site is measured 100 ft by 20 ft and characterized by lush vegetation surrounding it. Restricted by the limited budget and site constraints, the goal was to design a basic single-storey house with the linear articulation of domestic spaces based on the degree of privacy. Habitable spaces are arranged along a circulation spine that connects the semi-private and private spaces through an open courtyard. The shifted, segmented, and alternated walls are strategically placed to perform both as structure and as perforated enclosure while creating a strong connection with its surrounding.
Spatially, the house is divided into two parts and separated by a court which contains a kitchen. The front portion comprises the dining cum living space and this living has an outdoor extension which has given privacy from the road by a wall and exposes it to the adjacent green. A small kachari (visitors seating) beside the entry door is facing a small garden. A flight of steps leading towards the roof from dining cum living space is designed to facilitate future extension. The rear part contains two bedrooms with attached toilets and a long linear verandah connecting the bedrooms to the front and the back of the house while protecting the room from the west sun.
Firm: Riverine Architecture
Architect: Sharif Jahir Hossain (Shojib),
Structural Design: Eng. KMA Bari, Eng. Hafijur Rahman
Engineer in Charge: Eng. Amrul Hasan
Contractor: Md. Shishir
Photographs: Shakil Ibn Hai Omi