Friendship Centre, Bangladesh (07/01/2017)

Second Place in 2A Asia Architecture Award - Istanbul 2015 - Category: Urban, Rural Projects
Friendship Centre
Gaibandha, Bangladesh

Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury 
Year: 2012
Firm: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA
Firm Location: Bangladesh
Design Team: Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, Anup Kumar Basak, Shrif Jahir Hossain, Matiur Rahman, Zafar Ahmed , Phansak Thew


The low-lying site is located in rural northern Bangladesh and is under threat of flooding. An extensive program for the meeting centre with very limited fund meant that raising the structures above flood level by eight feet was not an option. The final design relies on a surrounding embankment for flood protection while building directly on existing low land. Rainwater is collected in internal pools and the design relies on natural ventilation and cooling, being facilitated by courtyards, pools and the earth covering on roofs.

The centre brings together some of the poorest in the country yet in the extreme limitation of means was a search for the luxury of light and shadows; of the economy and generosity of small spaces; of the joy of movement and discovery in the bare and the essential.