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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

South Water Caress In Dhaka By Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

 
September 6th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Dhaka, a five hundred square miles city has over time become an area of complete urban mayhem. Getting a lake and a narrow strip of green patch on the back side (west) of the plot was a fortune in a city where total city green is not more than five percent. This “South Water Caress” eight family house, located at United Nations Road, Baridhara diplomatic zone. A deal made between the land owner and the developer was to divide the seven thousand five hundred square feet plot in equal two pieces to construct two six storied buildings of two thousand eight hundred square feet area on each floor in order to share equally.

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  • Architect: Shatotto Architecture For Green Living
  • Project: South Water Caress
  • Location: Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Project Architect: Md Rafiq Azam
  • Type: Multi Family Residence
  • Client’s Name: South Breeze Housing Ltd
  • Design Team: Shakir Azimullah, Ashraful Kawser, Md. Akter Hossen
  • Civil Contractors: South Breeze Housing Ltd.
  • Land Area: 4024 Sft
  • Built Area: 17,124 Sft
  • Project Estimate: 4 Million Euro
  • Materials Used: Concrete, Brick, Glass, Wood
  • Awards : Shortlisted For Wa Community Awards

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Utilizing seventy five percent of the plot area as per rule was a strong requirement from the clients; however, it became a challenge in terms of designing an open green space. The design suggestion here was to take forty square feet of small area from both the parties as a good gesture, placing along with eight feet gap between the two buildings and five feet road set back as per rule in order to create a two hundred square feet of a green patch and water body in front of the building on the east road. This arrangement was also accompanied by a no boundary wall notion and little benches were set as a token of respect for the passerby and the community.

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The two buildings developed were almost identical in terms of the ground floor plans and parking area and the basic plan of four houses per building. The simple interior as required by the functional arrangements that connected the beautiful lake and large trees on the west, allowing the south east summer breeze to flow through the entire house with ample light round the day. The road side trees as they grew up spreading its light branches inspired the building to transform it alike into a vertical garden.

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The use of exposed as cast structural beam and column exterior with terracotta brick infill is also a simple approach friendly to the subtropical climate of Dhaka. The scheme also developed the two roof tops of the buildings as community green with lawns, rain court (collects the rain water) and bushes around a small pavilion as a transformed subtropical architectural vocabulary addressing the concern of “shortage of green and open space” in the city.

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Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

Image Courtesy Shatotto Architecture For Green Living

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