Completed in 2018 by architecture firm Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA, the Friendship hospital is arranged around a series of intimate courtyards, which bring in light and natural ventilation.
Friendship Hospital Technical Information
- Architects: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA
- Location: Shyamnagar, Bangladesh
- Client: Friendship NGO
- Topics: Brick Archtitecture, Hospital, Courtyards in Architecture
- Area: 4,777 m²
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: © Asif Salman
It is indeed a great moment when a recognition as important as this helps to bring attention to a remote corner of our incredibly connected but unknowing world, to a project born out of scarce resources, for the care of people and community destined to live in the fragile environment of a climate in flux.
– Kashef Chowdhury, Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA
Friendship Hospital Photographs
Text by the Architects
Situated in a largely rural area of southwest Bangladesh heavily affected by a major cyclone a few years ago, this eighty-bed community hospital provides much-needed healthcare for the local population. Blending into the surrounding water-laden landscape, the low-cost building is designed to work with and withstand the threat of rising water levels due to climate breakdown.
The hospital is arranged around a series of intimate courtyards, which bring in light and natural ventilation. A canal of water cuts through the length of the site, separating the inpatients and outpatients while collecting rainwater stored in tanks – a valuable resource in an area where the saline groundwater is unusable for most practical purposes. This outdoor space creates intimate areas for patients and visitors to sit and rest with viewpoints of the local countryside.
Crafted in local brick chosen for its resilient qualities and low cost, openings in the brickwork offer private shaded areas and provide natural cooling for the wards essential for this hot climate.
Friendship Hospital Plans
Friendship Hospital Image Gallery
About Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA:
Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury was born in Dhaka, the son of a civil engineer, growing up in Bangladesh and the Middle East before graduating in architecture from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1995. In 2006, he attended the Glenn Murcutt Masterclass in Sydney.
After working with architect Uttam Kumar Saha, he established the practice URABANA in partnership in 1995 and from 2004 has continued as the sole Principal of the firm. Kashef Chowdhury has a studio-based practice whose works find root in history, emphasizing climate, materials, and context – both natural and human. Projects in the studio are given extended time for research to reach a level of innovation and original expression. Works range from converting ship, and low-cost raised settlements in ‘chars’ to training centers, mosques, art galleries, museums, residences, and multi-family housing to corporate head offices.
Chowdhury has been a visiting faculty at the North-South University and BRAC University, both in Bangladesh, and has been a juror in final year crits in universities in Dhaka. He was twice a finalist in the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and has won first prize in Architectural Review’s AR+D Emerging Architecture Award 2012.
- Contractor company name: Golam Mostofa Limited
- Structural Design: Descon Engineers
- Electrical Engineering: Independent
- Plumbing Design: M/S High Speed Engineers
- Sewage Treatment: Sigma Engineers Ltd.