S.A Residence / Shatotto

  • 17 Aug 2012
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Architects: Shatotto
Location: ,
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.

© Daniele Domenicali

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.

© Daniele Domenicali

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.

© Daniele Domenicali

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.

Cite: "S.A Residence / Shatotto" 17 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=263940>
  • Patrick H

    Gorgeous courtyard!

  • AK

    Very well done.. Congrats..

  • http://jakegroth.com Jake

    What a beautiful house, the rain room is Kahn-ish well done, congrats indeed.

  • drejer

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

    • drejer

      Oops, it’s in Bangladesh, never mind about desert.

  • drejer

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

  • Audhora

    Outstanding architecture ..soul soothing home.

  • http://www.worldofarchi.com/ Dino from World Of Architecture

    Amazing. Bare concrete and vegetation are perfect combination!

  • Yousif El Helw

    without a doubt, one of, if not the best building in the last decade

  • Tara

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

  • Shamim Rana

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