As humans, we inherently connect with nature. This connection can often get blurred in the process of urbanisation. When designing a residential interior in urban Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, designer Muhammad Ariful Islam put the client's health and well-being central to his decisions. In this design, by incorporating interior plantscaping, he has made a conscious effort to bring the outdoors in so that the client can indulge in the charm of nature at home. The inclusion of greenery, daylight and water features in the residence has positively affected the perception of space and the time spent on it.
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.
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.
The project blatantly symbolizes a fusion between urban-rural environment. Designed for a family from crowded capital, who are deprived of fresh air and sense of freedom and very much willing to reconnect with the bucolic life. The core idea of this built environment is to preserve the essence of the simplicity of our ancestors, once had back in their times and transcend some of that to the next generations, hence named after client’s two children as “Zulrin House”.
Real estate development is principally governed by sale ability and the set standard is somehow devoid of innovation. Meeting those set criteria is challenging; but is it worth of doing? The design inception phase of the following project involves intense negotiation and introduction of some apparently unorthodox ideas to the developers. The ideas were eventually shaped and sensibly appreciated. Thus, it sets an atypical example of developer’s intention who is very eager to go beyond their long-attained standards.
THE CARNATION - a challenging multi-family residential project which is thought to enhance living quality in urban neighborhoods with respect to history and culture of the city. The major consideration is the neighborhood context while creating spaces for dialogue, cooperation and face-to-face contact. This project breaks the monotonous street view of the circuit house road. Client (EHL) requirement was a 4 unit dwelling apartment complex in the rectilinear plot. Being reputed for environment-responsive architectural practice in Bangladesh STHAPOTIK took this project with high importance.
Located in the core of Banani’s most lively residential area atmosphere is situated minutes away from a relaxing green park, shopping malls, entertainment and luxury dining. atmosphere defies the typical residential apartments of Dhaka City becoming the standard for ultra-luxury and quality living. It offers inhabitants spacious, bright and functional apartments with the most astounding materials and apparatuses.
Set in a planned residential neighborhood of capital Dhaka, ‘H R Khan Residence’ sits on a corner plot bordered with matured trees abutting the street. Built for a privacy conscious family, the living areas of the house are stacked vertically to accommodate green traces at multiple levels, buffered by means of landscape barrier, that shield the house from the cacophony of the street traffic and the staring neighbors. - Editor