Kiran Rest House
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) is Bangladesh's largest international corporation, with headquarters and factories located around the country. The client desired a contemporary design with hotel-like amenities which will represent their vast industrial development in the fringe of the Kushtia, district. The project is a rest house (temporary accommodation) for Company’s high officials and guests. Instead of simply offering temporary accommodation, the design attempted to provide guests with an exploratory experience of the privileged landscape.
The idea was to create a machine appeared contemporary structure that retains the unique traits of human interventions in the natural landscape. An asymmetric cruciform form, consisting of two rectangular volumes has been incorporated to capture the 360° perspective of the spectacular surroundings. Besides, the building is standing on the pilotis that hold the upper platform, allowing nature to enter the mechanized structure. The admirers are pulled to the horizon from a raised perch.
The rest house is located in Trimohoni, Kushtia, which is in the southwest part of Bangladesh. The rest house is on the premises of the BAT MLD (Mirpur Leaf Depoe) warehouse. It is positioned at the south of the warehouses. The site is bordered by mesmerizing open fields that stretch to the horizon from the west to the east side. The context inspires the architect to design a projected floating volume that reaches the horizon.
In order to maintain the privacy of visitors, the client wanted the boundary wall to remain in solid. Therefore, the idea was to elevate the volume above the ground and see beyond the solid boundary. And, the ground is left open to the landscape for blending through it. The public functions as conferences, Dining, Gym, and Prayer Hall are located in the north-south elongated mass and the strip-looking moveable openings unfold the entire mass to the landscape. Furthermore, a dynamic open stair rises into the space and connects the floating mass with the ground. The playful composition of the solid void of the fenestration frames the day as it rises and sets. The pool is placed in the intimate courtyard and obscured by the massing of wash facilities. All the accommodations are placed in the east-west elongated mass in the north-south orientation with extended balconies toward the landscape. The iron cages which contain ducts are also treated as elements of fenestration. The interlocking of two rectangles allows the sun above the stunning glass stair that is raised inside the void.
The requirements of client insisting in larger foot print but the design incorporated a high-rise solution to minimize the foot print and maximize the potential of the surrounding landscape. Even though the client wanted to installing a mechanical ventilation system in the majority of the interior, the design emphasizes the possibility of using natural ventilation in most of the facilities. Moveable glass partitions are introduced in the public zones that can be entirely open up to natural lighting and ventilation. All the bedrooms are flooded with a continuous flow of breeze and natural light all over the year due to the north-south orientation. The extended balconies and roof protect the facades from direct heat gain and provide shade. The west wall is firmed that avoid heat seeping into the interior. A rainwater harvesting system is installed to collect water for reuse.
MATERIAL AND CONSTRUCTION
As the client wanted the dynamic approach to defining their organization. Therefore, fair face concrete is introduced because of its aesthetic appearance and natural tendency to hold bigger spans. The column beam structural system is incorporated due to its convenience of construction. Black aluminum frames with clear glass are used in all the openings which complement the rawness of concrete.