SA Residence by Shatotto Architecture, located south of bangladesh. climate and wind factors played heavily into the design, resulting in a sturdy exposed folding concrete structure that forms natural barriers against the elements at the same time it opens up to create pockets of open air spaces that enjoy good weather days.
Water the most precious and abundant and life subtly woven with it, makes Bangladesh a country of toil and poetry.Bangladesh the largest delta on earth has 52 rivers that carry water from the Himalayas in an intricate pattern to the Bay of Bengal. During Monsoon these rivers inundate two third of the country’s land depicting water the major element of the country scape. When the water recedes, it leaves a fine layer of fertile alluvial soil and the entire landscape is transformed into large patches of paddy field dancing with the wind.
As Lalon (a spiritual folk singer, Sufi and philosopher of this land) said in eighteenth century if there is not one thing inside the body then it is not outside the body either. Just like human body, there is a body of architecture. The human body has two parts; shell and thinking as soul. Architecture similarly has shell and Mother Nature as soul. Shell and soul are interdependent yet independent. They belong to each other and they belong to themselves. A good soul needs a good shell.
In this project the shell is a pure square made of a single material ‘concrete’ transformed from celestial form grounded.
The site is surrounded by multi storied buildings and apartments as onlookers. Considering the socio economic condition of Dhaka, a very simple architectural vocabulary has been adopted through a subtle intervention with form, material and vegetation. The traditional spaces like courtyard, pond, ghat (steps to water), flat green both from urban and rural typology merged, transformed into one urban context.
In the current trend of real estate development, this residence has been a challenge particularly placing a water court as swimming pond in the middle of the house, a surely difficult task to ensure privacy. As a result, an introverted design has been adopted.
The south and the southeast have been designed to bring in cool breeze during the hot humid summer and the warmth of the sun during winter. The center “water court” acts as a natural exhaust, which flows out the hot air and makes the middle court a solace.
A small “dingi” boat waiting by the “ghat”, patch green and light with its silence, the space becomes a natural habitat within a manmade dwelling and the layers of understanding to unfold nothingness.
When light caresses the wall, or the water touches the land, or the land pats the green, or the green cuddles the breeze or the breeze ushers ……… Its all about touching and feeling soul. The destiny is ‘nothingness’ where soul and shell cohabit and purify themselves. Let the soul come inside the home and let go off it. And let it be and let it be……
The building envelope of this three-storey residence is a pure square, constructed of a single material, cast-concrete. The sphere, the universal celestial form, in this case is transformed to its terrestrial expression in the shape of a square. Considering the socio-economic conditions of Dhaka, architectural vocabulary is kept simple, with traditional spaces like the courtyard, pond, ghat (steps to water) and ample Green to merge together urban and rural typologies in this urban context.
The site is surrounded by multi-storied buildings as on-lookers. An introverted design strategy was hence adopted, placing a water-court as a swimming pond in the middle of the house to ensure privacy. It is the inter-relationship between form and void which is at the heart of Lalon’s philosophy, the underlying inspiration for this building. The open quad at the center depicts Nothingness.
The South and South-East have been designed to bring in cool breeze during the hot, humid summers and the warmth of the sun during the winters. The central water court acts as a natural exhaust system, allowing hot air to escape and making the middle court a cool sanctuary.
Project name: SA Residence
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Type By Characteristic: Contemporary House, Tropical House, Luxury House
- Type By Site: City / Town House
- Type By Size: Large House – (more than 650 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Concrete House
Program: single family house
Project Area: approx 850 sqm
Completion Date/Year: 2011