What makes a house a home? - A rhetorical question that built environment professionals are often encountered with. Popular belief is that a home is a place where you feel warm and cozy. You have things around you that are special and have meaning, but most of all you are surrounded by people you love and who love you. It is, therefore, the family that makes a house a home by living in it and making it special. When it comes to design, it requires thoughtful reflection of complex cultural, social and psychological traits of the users. The featured project by architect Jishnu Kumar Das is an example of such inside-out approach of space design that puts a family at the heart of a home.
Kutub Shah Mosque, Austagram, Kishoreganj is under-protected by the Department of Archaeology (DoA) as National Monument. Recently the architectural documentation works have been done by Architect Khandokar Mahfuz Alam and his team.
‘Dear Dhaka’ series by Architect Asad Hossen attempts to encapsulate the distinguished architectural history of Dhaka; with a pinch of magic and nostalgia. Remembering our past, these illustrations depict the heritages of Dhaka in its heyday treating each heritage as story-telling paradox unveiling untold stories of the past. The series makes effort to raise empathy and awareness for these heritages.
Archeground, one of the highly acclaimed design practices in the country, is producing innovative and functional architecture since its inception. The featured project is another example of Archeground’s inventive thinking which exhibits “delicate form of craftsmanship” in its use of finish materials. The monolithic exterior of this so-called ‘Red Building’ was the subject of experimentation for Archeground to explore and test a new alternative to traditional shell lime plaster. - Editor
Situated on a long, narrow plot in a residential neighbourhood, this award winning café features vertically layered yet singular space stands beneath an elegant vaulted ceiling. Beyond exposing the rich structural elements, the ceiling grants a natural and compelling contrast to the interior space. The juxtaposition of building materials and the greenery that surround them is endlessly fascinating and adds warmth to the interior.
The school is a bamboo-built structure on a raised timber platform and closely geared to the site and surrounding views of water and farmlands. The work is strongly archetypal, with the rectilinear plan metaphorically centred on a ‘hearth’ in the foyer. In that sense, the constructions of ‘Indigeneity’ are both formal and spatial. The building constructs an ‘Indigenous’ space and imagery which connects with the local spirit. It is a site of cultural production, an archetypal quest for an architecture that is sensitive to the local context and indigenous building tradition. - Editor
Nishan Barua, an architecture graduate and self-taught artist, has a passion for arts. He has been practicing oil painting for more than seven years and is currently running a studio called ‘Studio Artestra’ - a painting and design studio collaborating art and architecture. Cityscape, urban and metro, natural elements are his sources of inspiration for abstract, abstract- impression and impression form in his artworks. His favorite media is oil on canvas. Rough brush strokes and textures of palette knives are prevailing on his paintings.
The two storied learning centres are a part of the continuation of the Education Program being implemented in the Rohingya refugee camps by CODEC with support from UNHCR. Due to space shortage 18 single-storied learning centres were re-designed and constructed into two storied learning centers, which are helping to accommodate more children in the learning facilities. Although the Government of Bangladesh has recently started the process of relocating 1,00,000 forcefully displaced Myanmar Nationals to ‘Bhasan Char’, still there will be more than 1 million refugees left in the camps of Cox's Bazar. So, the need for these educational structures will always be there.
With the rise of e-commerce, shoppers today are better informed about the product they are willing to purchase even before they walk into a physical store. Reaching out to customers is not the primary function of a retail store anymore; it has now a shifting focus towards visual merchandizing through the creation of an impactful physical store identity that could influence a customer’s purchase decision. Therefore, retail is now all about detail: communicating with customers through elements such as lighting, colour, material, texture etc. that stimulate their senses. QRIUS flagship outlet designed by ARCHVISTA is one of such examples where visual retailing was explored and enacted. - Editor
Sumaita's canvases do not try to capture any subject rather they portray the circumferential air. She aims to portray the essence of her travels through pen on paper. In this way, she is trying to find a balance between practice of architecture and passion for art.