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.
The following is illustrative documentation of the five popular modes of transport in the past and present Dhaka. The supplementary text, primarily based on the secondary sources, narrates the brief history and current scenario of each vehicle type. Some of these vehicles have been completely phased out and replaced by more powerful and efficient models, some are still in use. But that doesn’t render vehicle whose time has passed any less valuable, as those vintage vehicles also reflect the history and memories of Dhaka city.
Unlike typical office culture, this workplace environment is designed to foster collaboration through creative, social and casual interactions among colleagues. Such collaborative experience is crucial for the productivity and overall happiness of the working team.
In the age of social media and customer check-ins, it suffices to say that quality of food is no longer the only criteria based on which a café is rated. The millennial generation knows all too well that a great cafe experience comes with an ‘instagrammable’ interior design based on edgy ideas combining the right kind of ambience. The featured interior project by Vector Plinth is a cozy café designed to tap the psychology of music cum food lovers. - Editor