|Name:||Md. Mizanur Rahman | Skeleton Architects ltd|
|Client:||H R Khan|
| From the Architect |
Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, where most of the single family residential buildings with open green spaces are continuously disappearing day by day. Multistoried apartment buildings are replacing the low rise individual houses to cope with growing land price and ever increasing housing demand. This phenomenon is transforming the residential morphology of the city at large. Only in few plots in upper-class neighborhoods of the city single family houses are still evident. Residence for Khan’s family is one of such exclusive examples.
HR Khan Residence is a single family residence located at Banani, a planned residential area of Dhaka. This is a corner plot connecting roads at the northwest and southwest. The northwest road has median with large Rain trees acting as a screen providing privacy for the house. On east and north sides there are ten storied apartments with façades having 54 windows peeping over the plot is a challenge in terms of privacy. To ensure winter sun and summer cross ventilation for the living spaces, which is very critical, pose further challenge as the land has its exposure form northwest and southwest corner only.
The play of nature with green field and the flowing water containing the basic archetype of Bengal delta. In this region, the courtyard is a traditional typology creating space for living in privacy along with cross ventilation, ample daylight and vegetation. The effort was further to achieve a traditional living ambiance with layers of greenery to achieve a deltaic condition. The green terraces in different levels have intentionally been split so that we can bring the formal living, family living, dining spaces along with the terrace which is a metamorphic representation of our traditional courtyard.
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