|Location:||Abhay Mitraghat, Sadarghat, Chattogram|
|Client:||Chittagong Port Authority|
| Notes from the Architect |
Karnaphuli river that passes through the Chattogram City is the largest and most important river in the south-eastern region of Bangladesh. Various activities take place along the numerous ghats of Karnaphuli river. It connects the city with both the seaport and airport. Understanding its significance for inland water transport, Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) undertook a project including the construction of water bus terminals to facilitate a smoother waterway cruise.
Initially set to be designed as a rest house cum water transport station, later the project was decided to be made open to the public by the architects. To implement the latter proposal, facilities like food courts and other refreshment areas were introduced on the riverside. Further, the transparency and openness of the public zone allow the passenger to enjoy the river view while waiting for their water buses. The waiting lounge on the ground floor leads to an intimate outdoor space that is further connected to an open to sky food court deck. Whereas, on the upper floor, functions such as VIP lounge, restroom, spacious open to sky terrace along with essential service areas are located. The simplistic approach to create harmony between nature and functions through the formation of flexible spaces is one of the main highlights of the project.
Design Team: Ar. Muhammad Jabed Iqbal Rupam. Ar. Faisal Sabri
Structural and Plumbing Consultant: Parfait Associates Ltd.
Structural and Plumbing Design Team: Engr. Md. Asif Iqbal, Engr. Yusuf Shah Saju, Engr. Pratim Bhuiyan
Electrical Consultant: Engr. Mainul Alam
Documentation and Illustration: Ar. Umme Nabila Eyaana
Photography: Ar. Faisal Sabri
Site Area: 37,712 sft
Built-up Area: 5,442 sft