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Shatotto

Asia | Dhaka

Water is synonymous with Bangladesh. Rivers carry it across the country from the northern mountain chain to the huge delta before the Bay of Bengal. Flooding is a recurrent feature of life with the receding waters leaving a layer of fertile mud. Little wonder then that water is a constant architectural feature for architect Rafiq Azam of the firm Shatotto - Architecture for Green Living. His S.A. residence in the capital Dhaka has water at every level of this multi-storey building: reflecting pools on the ground floor and swimming pools on the upper levels. Besides its symbolic value, water also has a major functional role, its thermal inertia helping to cool the torrid tropical air while cascading water releases refreshing sprays. Here nature invades the home. Its use is a statement that quality architecture, even in a densely populated area like Dhaka must connect with its natural...

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