S.A Residence / Shatotto

  • 17 Aug 2012
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Architects: Shatotto
Location: , Bangladesh
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 20,667 sq ft
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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14 comments

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    I don’t think ANYONE needs 20,000 sq ft residence in the desert – it would make a really beautiful school or kindergarten though.

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    I don’t think ANYONE needs 20,000 sq ft residence – it would make a really beautiful school or kindergarten though.

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    It seems like a corporate office block. Very cold, institutional and lacking in humanity. Not a good home.

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    Sir(Rafiq Azam) you r really boss.When i saw your design in that time i forgot i saw Bangladeshi architect design……..

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    This home is so elegantly done with a contemporary yet modernistic approach. The concrete with the wood paneling…Fantastic! If there was an ward to give out for a home constructed well both visually and harmoniously, this would be the winner in our eyes!

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