“South Water Garden” apartment building is located at United Nations Road, Baridhara diplomatic zone, an area where, as in the rest of Dhaka, green is an exception. But this particular site having a lake and a narrow strip of green patch on the back side {west} of the plot is a fortune.

Basically, these two buildings developed almost similarly consisted of five apartments on ground floor and parking area. In plan, the simple interior with required functional arrangements connects with the beautiful lake and large trees on the west, allowing the south east summer breeze to go through the entire house with ample light round the day. The use of exposed as cast structural beam and column exterior with terracotta brick in fill is also a simple approach friendly to the subtropical climate of Dhaka. Outside no boundary wall notion and little benches are a token of respect for the passer by and community living around.

The scheme also developed two roof tops of the buildings as community green with lawns and bushes around a small pavilion, as a transformed subtropical architectural vocabulary addressing the concern of “shortage of green space” in the city.




Project South Water Garden
Location Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Land Area 7,500sft
Built Area: 33,600 sft
Client South Breeze Housing Ltd.
Firm SHATOTTO- architecture for green living
House # 34, Road # 9/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka – 1209
Project cost US$ 576,000
Completion : June 2001- July 2002 2007

Principal Architect Md. Rafiq Azam
Project Architect Shakir
Structural Engineer Engr. Asaduzzaman
Mechanical Design Engr. Kabir
Electrical Engineer Engr, Zahiruddin
Landscape Design Shatotto & Shakh Enterprise
Photographer Md. Rafiq Azam & Hasan Saifuddin Chandan


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