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Ashraf Kaiser Residence

Ashraf Kaiser Residence

Project Description

The 3 storey single family retreat homewith awning verandas is visible in the milieu of the span of abundant greenwhich posed both a challenge and opportunity at the same time. The west façade of the residence looks upon a vast expanse of military farmland with a prominently standing Chatim (AlstoniaScholaris) tree meeting the eyes of the onlooker.

The entry has aninitial plinth (dawa) area inspired from the traditional village houses of Bangladesh. There is an open tunnel walkway watching over a waterbody and framing the green expanse merging with the house lawn. The horizon can be seen on the west from this reception area. The ground floor has the formal living and dining. South westerly wind flows into the cross ventilated dining space where the South eastern wind also flows in from the court with a staircase with glass landing. The formal living opens onto a wooden deck on looking a sea of green.

On the first floor there are bedrooms and the family living. The master bedroom opens outward to a green courtyard which is also accessible form the library. The guest room is situated on the second floor along with a music hall. There is a water body with steps which leads to the guest room. Some forest zones are situated on two sides of the terrace that opens onto a green lawn on one side and the music hall on the other side. The lawn with a sitting place is from where the evening sunset can be celebrated.

The South opening is relatively small. The residence is built in a combination of exposed concrete and brick with no plaster paint in an attempt to be bare to create the breathing quality of the concrete. Thus a soothing effect is evolved to match with regional climate to keep the indoor environmental quality comfortable.

The metal net boundary wall with porosity on the west flank visually connectsthe residence areawith the farmland. The bulk of branching trees including the Indian Almond and AlbiziaSamanprovide a canopy of shade and screening. The landscape seems to be alive with colours with its dramatic ever-changing hues and fragrance. It indeed is a luxury to indulge in the setup of nature from the picturesque frames of the residence.


Ashraf Kaiser Residence

  • Savar
  • Bangladesh
Completion: 2015
Used materials
  • Wood
  • Concrete

Type of Building

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