Kashef Chowdhury – The Friendship Centre
Kashef Chowdhury's Friendship Centre: the essence of architecture
1st edition, 2016
116 pages, 29 color, 54 b/w illustrations and plans
23 x 28.5 cm
The Friendship Centre in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, was built for the local NGO Friendship, which provides services for poor citizens of the region. Built by Dhaka-based architect Kashef Chowdhury, it was designed to provide an inviting and accessible space for those who use the Centre’s services. This book looks closely at the Centre’s design and construction.
Situated on two acres, the complex is designed to blend with the natural environment while echoing the ruins of Mahasthan, a Buddhist dwelling from the third century BC, located nearby. It is constructed and finished primarily of one material—local handmade bricks—and individual pavilions, courtyards, pools, and green spaces are woven throughout. The result, as evidenced in the book’s photographs, by celebrated Swiss architectural photographer Hélène Binet, is a building that is a celebration of essential and simple beauty.