Critique at University of Virginia
Critique at University of Virginia

Design of a commercial High Rise

This project was developed by Shawlin Islam as a student from University Of Asia Pacific and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

The project was to design a commercial high rise at one of the busiest commercial districts in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This high rise was designed for an area called ‘Kawranbazar’ which is a densely populated area. The total area of the given site is 1.09 acres.

During site visits, I realized that the site and its surrounding was polluted and many treatments were necessary before the land could be used. There was a lack of greenery and hygienic food, unnecessary gathering of people and roads were blocked by temporary railway markets.

Kawranbazar being one of the largest wholesale markets, required a landmark for its recognition. This is why I decided to come up with a striking design that would keep the people absorbed in its aesthetics and function for quite a long time.  I decided to use a combination of basic geometric shapes to achieve an iconic and sophisticated look. I have followed contemporary style of architecture in a minimal way. I have also considered the urban space of the surrounding and introduced chunks of greenery.

Like I said previously that I want to hold people’s attention for a long time. The high rise is in the shape of a pentagon as this shape has continuity and totality. Each floor has a different plan and the structural members are designed in such a way so that they can contribute towards the buildings aesthetics and functionality.