Dhaka based architectural firm, SHATOTTO- architecture for green living once again is proud to showcase its innovative & coveted projects at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy. As a part of 15th International Architecture Exhibition of “la Biennale di Venezia”, this collateral event “Time Space Existence” presents architects from 6 continents.This is organized by the GAA-Foundation and it is hosted by the European Cultural Centre in Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Rossini, in collaboration with La Biennale di Venezia; is the biggest architectural exhibition in the globe with big stalwarts in the field of architecture coming together to showcase their works.

Md. Rafiq Azam, principal architect of SHATOTTO& the force behind numbers of award winning projects in Bangladesh & abroad was selected to display his thoughts and built projects at the exhibition at Palazzo Morra, in Venice. Md. Rafiq Azam has been invited for the second time this year after 2014 when he was the first Bangladeshi architect to be invited in the exhibition. Md. Rafiq Azam has been awarded with some of the most influential architecture awards in the past few years. He has won AAA2015 Award, “Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia” (PAM) Award (2014), “Emirates Glass Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) Award 2012”,The South Asian “Architect of the year” Award 2012,Cityscape Architecture Awards 2009, AR Emerging Architecture Award 2007, Finalist of The Aga Khan Award for architecture 2004 & 2007, IAB Design Award 1996 and so on.

Poster for Venice Biennale. Image Courtesy: SHATOTTO
Poster for Venice Biennale 2016. Image Courtesy: SHATOTTO


The exhibition running from May 28 to November 27 is being curated this year by prestigious Pritzker award winning architect Alejandro Aravena of Chile. With the theme “Reporting from the front”, this year’s exhibition talks about real challenges & their solutions that are affecting the built environment around the globe, calls for architects to be activists to utilize their creativity, imagination & talent for making life comfortable & meaningful in cities and beyond.

The exhibition theme of SHATOTTO is to capture initial context of Dhaka which is one of the most densely populated city in the world, where SHATOTTO is trying to achieve the peacefulness in the space in the hustle bustle context of this city. The exhibition talks about the real problems of here, scarcity of space, dream of comfortable living, longing for nature and providing solution that provides meaning to architecture. SHATOTTO’s architecture focuses on contemporary architecture by being rooted to the Bengali culture & tradition and trying to achieve the tranquility within the mayhem through a short documentary of 6 minute.

The main sponsors for SHATOTTO at the exhibition are Bravat, Mirpur & Khadim ceramic, Green Marble & Granite, Green Designing solutions. The co-sponsors are Shah cement, Porcelanosa & Berger.