S.A Residence by Shatotto

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

-Shatotto Architects

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

Shatotto Architects designed a deft, seductive contemporary residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh that is merely another luxury home; this house is a shelter for the soul. The S.A Residence successfully addresses two very different design aspects; the challenging local climatic and urban conditions in Bangladesh as well as the poetics of everyday living.

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

The house’s design revolves around a precious and abundant element in Bangladeshi life, water. As water is a constituent ingredient of the human body in order to function, here it is the key element that brings the house into life, the feature that energizes the body of architecture.

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

Poetics aside, the S.A Residence is a three story single family residence, made purely out of concrete with wooden details. Its material palette brings together two different qualities that seem to compliment perfectly each other; concrete is brutal yet elegant and wooden surfaces while details evoke a sense of warmth and comfort.

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

In order to give the maximum level of privacy to its residents, since the site is surrounded by multi-storied buildings, the architects wrapped the house around interlocking layers of concrete and vegetation, which create an almost ethereal atmosphere. The void that is created by these lays is filled by water and becomes the pool; the focal point of the residence.

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

 It is essential to note that the design of this building has been greatly influenced by the environment which is surrounded by. Spatial qualities and atmospheres as well as major design decisions, all respond to existing urban and rural typologies in addition to climatic conditions. 

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

The south and southeast of the residence have been designed to bring in cool breeze during the hot humid summer and the warmth of the sun during the winter. Smartly, the central ‘water court’ acts as natural exhaust system and getaway for hot air and makes the middle court a solace. 

S.A Residence by Shatotto

©Daniele Domenicali

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 


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