Simplicity is the intent, monastic is the feel.– Kashef Chowdhury Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/URBANA’s Friendship Centre in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, seems like a project that is not so much built up in the landscape, but carved out of it. A labyrinth of arches, courtyards, pavilions, and pools, all carefully crafted from handmade bricks, define the space of a facility for a charitable organization—Friendship NGO—who work with remote communities with limited opportunities. Photographer Hélène Binet has captured the project in a series of beautiful images that show the building's surreal surrounding rural flatlands, reinforcing the idea that center exists as an echo of the nearby ruins of 3rd Century BC Mahasthan. The dynamic plays of light and shadow in the top-lit spaces are highlighted in the striking photographs as well as the richness and textural quality of the brick.
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