|Name:||Ar. Gazi Md. Fazle Rahim Shaon, Ar.Wahid Ahmed, Ar.Durdana Karim|
|Location:||Road-7/F, House-65, Banani, Dhaka|
|Client:||Rancon Developments Ltd.|
“If I can create a space that people haven’t experienced before and if it stays with them or gives them a dream for the future, that’s the kind of structure I seek to create.”–TADAO ANDO
Designed to surpass traditional expectations, atmosphere emulates an urban contemporary feel. The double height entry from the road immediately gives a sense of majesty. The in-house lounge, located at the building’s mezzanine, allows residents a unique opportunity to expand their lifestyle and entertain guests with its coffee bar and cozy café type seating arrangement. The exclusive rooftop houses a gym, barbeque area and a 42 feet long swimming pool, all to create a sanctuary for the residents of atmosphere.
The idea was simple-create a residential apartment that indulges in style, sophistication, luxury and also responds to the inadequacy of open green spaces, limited daylight and ventilation that conventional multi-storied apartment buildings face. The concept of the project was the resultant of the context, Atmosphere and Luxury. To manifest an idea as such, two important features were considered: Massing of the building and single tenant for each floor.
This allowed each floor to have an open floor plan creating a grandeur space. The facade of floor to ceiling height windows on the south gives this space a panoramic view of the outdoor while inviting ample daylight and clean air circulation. Terraces in the south area reflection of our traditional courtyards interms of function. The green terraces in various levels are kept big allowing abundant light, lush landscape and thorough cross ventilation for the formal living, family living and dining space.
Adequate bends are made to the building mass to ensure an integration of indoor-outdoor. The massing was deliberate to allow daylight and clean air flood every room of each apartment-again under lining the ideology of the project.
The building was pushed back, as far as it was feasible, towards the north to allow a large south lawn and gate way to the building. This was done taking into account the sub-tropical atmosphere of Dhaka with its winter slanted sun on the south and summer wind flow spill out of the south-east.
To attain the best possible output some decisions were made through several trial and errors for example the texture of the wall, color of the doors and sustainability of the bricks etc. But the magic lies in the 10’ cantilevered terraces in the south which is a significant aspect in the design of atmosphere. This differentiates the terraces from other stereotypical terraces of residential apartments around. The residence is an earthquake resistant structure that will persist the test of time and nature.
To complement the theme of luxury, special care was taken for the choice of materials used in atmosphere. The brick walls are thermally insulated to help with heat reduction and creates a place of peace for the residents. Windows were double-glazed to allow sumptuous amount of light, but to also deflect heat. Natural wood polished Italian marble provides a stage for modern living. The lounge- furnished with designer décor. Paintings, from local painters were given platforms to exhibit their creativity therefore adding a dash of color and warmth to public spaces and common areas within the apartments.
Total built-up area of the Project: 3712 sq.m
Year of Commencement: April, 2014
Year of Completion: November, 2017
Design and Concept: Mr. Sajid Karim
Architect[s]: Ar. Gazi Md. Fazle RahimShaon, Ar.Wahid Ahmed, Ar.Durdana Karim
Structure: Md. Sayeed Hossain
Electrical: Eng. Zakir Hossain
Interior Design: Rancon Developments-Design Studio
Landscape Design: Rancon Developments-Design Studio
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CONTEXT Contributor: Farasha Zaman | Architect and faculty member at BRAC University