This modest but sturdy holiday home near the eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal is designed to cater for family members of Mr. Nasir to escape from the city to reconnect with one another and the natural surrounds. The north-facing house opens itself to a large pond, utilizing large windows and overhanging balconies to unfold the residence out onto the property.
Architecture is more than just bricks and mortar; it is a part of who we are. It gives us our identities. Within an architectural environment, when we sense our minds in a state of homeostasis- psychic equilibrium- that we begin to feel at home. Located on a large parcel of land of 2.7 acres, the house is designed to maintain the homeostasis of our beings. It is not often that Architects have the chance to design on such a large easel; Studio XI Architects has tried to make the best use of the opportunity.
From cityscapes to farmlands, the journey itself is an enthralling experience as one comes to the house. Nestled on the outskirts of Khulna city, the house is a 6000 square feet weekend home, designed by the team of architects at Niketkalpa Architects, Khulna, Bangladesh. This house is designed for a client who favored raw and rustic encounters over an extravagance remain. For the architect, this particular project was not just a vacation house, but an approach to designing experiences, incorporating nature or natural living.
Since 2019, the Chittagong Port Authority has been operating water bus services in Karnaphuli River to reduce the traffic congestion and sufferings of Chattogram city dwellers. Under this new plan, modern landing stations, pontoons and necessary infrastructure are being constructed to make water travel more popular among the commuters. The featured project is one of the terminal buildings designed by Vector Plinth.
The following proposal was created by “Weaver’s Studio” team, which has been nominated by KDS Group, a multinational industrial organization originating in Bangladesh, through an architectural design competition (2019). The client decided to build their head office adjacent to one of their RMG factories situated in the location.
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.
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