Kashef Chowdhury-the Friendship Centre: Gaibandha, Bangladesh by Kenneth FramptonKashef Chowdhury-the Friendship Centre: Gaibandha, Bangladesh by Kenneth Frampton

Kashef Chowdhury-the Friendship Centre: Gaibandha, Bangladesh

byKenneth Frampton, Robert WilsonBy (photographer)Hélène Binet

Hardcover | October 15, 2016

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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 Mahboob 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 the essential and simple beauty. 
Kenneth Frampton is the Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Robert Wilson is a writer, curator, and architect based in London.  
Title:Kashef Chowdhury-the Friendship Centre: Gaibandha, BangladeshFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:128 pages, 11.5 × 9 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:11.5 × 9 × 0.7 inPublished:October 15, 2016Publisher:Park BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3038600210

ISBN - 13:9783038600213


Table of Contents

Plan Form and Topography in the Work of Kashef Chowdhury
Kenneth Frampton

The Friendship Centre

Luxury of Light and Shadows
Rob Wilson