Friendship Centre, Gaibandha Building

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building, Bangladesh Community Architecture Design, Architect

Friendship Centre, Gaibandha Building

Rural Architecture in Bangladesh: Award Winner News – design by Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA Architects

3 Oct 2016

Friendship Centre, Gaibandha, Bangladesh

Location: Gaibandha, Bangladesh

Photos: AKTC / Rajesh Vora

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

A community centre which makes a virtue of an area susceptible to flooding in rural Bangladesh.

Architect: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3rd of October 2016 – The winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today in a ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

One of the 6 winning projects:

Friendship Centre, Gaibandha

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

A rural training centre inspired by one of the country’s oldest urban archaeological sites.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

The Centre was created to train staff of an NGO working with people inhabiting nearby chars, or riverine islands.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Offices, a library, meeting rooms, and prayer and tea rooms are included in pavilion-like buildings surrounded by courts and pools.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

The Centre is also rented out for meetings, training, and conferences for income generation.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

The local hand-made brick construction has been inspired by the monastic aesthetic of the 3rd century BC ruins of Mahasthangahr, the earliest urban archaeological site yet found in Bangladesh.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Structural elements are of reinforced concrete and finishes also include timber and stone. The naturally ventilated structures have green roofs.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

The Centre is located in an agricultural area susceptible to flooding and earthquakes, and whose low-bearing soil has a low bearing capacity. As a result, an embankment has been constructed with a water run-off pumping facility.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Constructed and finished primarily of one material – local hand-made bricks – the spaces are woven out of pavilions, courtyards, pools and greens, corridors and shadows.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

The Friendship Centre is divided into two sections, the outer Ka block for the offices, library and training classrooms and the inner Kha block for the residential section. At a time, 80 people can be trained here in four separate classrooms. Simplicity is the intent, monastic is the feel.

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Award Cycle: 2014-2016 Cycle
Status: Recipient
Location: Gaibandha, Bangladesh
Client: Friendship NGO
Architect: Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/Urbana
Design: 2008-10

Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building

Size: Site area: 9’210 m2; Built area: 2’897 m2
Completed: 2011

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Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building, an Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winner in 2016 information from Aga Khan Award

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winner in 2016


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