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SA Residence, Dhaka, Bangladesh 
Wednesday 04 Jan 2012
 
Soothing the Soul 
 
SHATOTTO 
 
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SHATOTTO use water as inspiration in their soul soothing home in Bangladesh 

As Lalon, a spiritual folk singer and philosopher, said in eighteenth century, "if there is not one thing inside the body then it is not outside the body either". Just like human body, there is a body of architecture. Human body has two parts, shell and thinking as soul. Architecture has similar, shell and Mother Nature as soul. Shell and soul are interdependent yet independent. They belong to each other and they belong to themselves. A good soul needs a good shell.

The site is surrounded by multi-storied buildings as onlookers. The traditional spaces like courtyard, pond, ghat, green both from urban and rural typology merged into one. The southeast side has been designed to bring in cool breeze during the hot-humid summer and the warmth of the sun during winter. The water court, in the middle of the building, acts as a natural exhaust, which flows out the hot air and makes the middle court a solace. The water court was a difficult task to ensure privacy. As a result, an introverted design has been adopted.

A small "dingi" waits by the "ghat", patch green and light with its silence, the space becomes a natural habitat within a manmade dwelling and the layers of understanding to unfold nothingness.

When light caresses the wall, the water touches the land, the land pats the green, the green cuddles the breeze, the breeze ushers... It's all about touching and feeling soul. The destiny is ‘nothingness' where soul and shell cohabit and purify themselves. Let the soul come inside the home and let go off it.

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