|Location:||Koiya Bazar, Khulna|
|Client:||Dr. Gazi Mizanur Rahman|
Notes from the architect:
“If there is not one thing inside the body then it is not outside the body either“—Fakir Lalon Shah
Access to the property is provided from the east side through a ceremonial walkway flanked by water bodies and a garden lawn. The floor area on the ground level is articulated between the Kachari, the formal living room, located in an isolated front, and the dining hall at the rear tip, which is exposed into nature through the Poschati verandah, the projected balcony. To keep the formal living area close to the lawn level, it is stepped down to 18 inches from the plinth level where a double-height space is introduced with a high window allowing the opportunity to experience nature on different occasions (moonlight, raindrops, cloudy sky, etc.). This can be also enjoyed from upper-level family living.
To maintain the balance between privacy and conviviality, the Basok (the bedrooms) are located on the first floor. A deck is introduced at the south side with stairs down to the water body, giving an impression of a Jolghat as well as a place for family gatherings. A Krishna Chura tree is placed beside the ghat, just in front of the dining area to enhance the beauty of the streaming water body. There is a dedicated space for barbeques on the west side of the deck. The backyard can be utilized as an outdoor kitchen for hosting large gatherings on special occasions.
Full height openings are introduced to make the most extreme visual connection with the natural environment. Vertical louvers are installed as sun breakers while keeping visual linkage and permitting tender breezes to pass through. Pergolas are designed as shading gadgets, making the sensational environment of light-shadow as well as giving the impression of a semi-outdoor space.
A good soul needs a good shell. The pitched roof is covered with thatch and the building skin is wrapped up with an auxiliary layer of uncovered brick. A wooden raised floor adds charm to the living space. A portion of the exterior wall is crafted with brick detail.