Courtyards are the specific architectural element which resembles the idea of ‘Home’ in Bengal; a traditional Bengal house is comprised of built structures arranged around a court in the center, where the children grow, family interacts, and daily activities happen. In the modern cityscape of Dhaka, the question of housing for a huge population is generally answered by multistoried congested apartments – which often fail to reflect the climatic and social needs. Carnation, the residential apartment project by Sthapotik architects is a modest attempt to recreate the lost courtyard-house model of living in the densely built urban scenario of Dhaka.
The Carnation is a 4-unit dwelling apartment complex in the rectilinear plot in the heart of Dhaka. The project was highly inspired by the native indigenous house building ideas- including the courtyard, natural light air provision, inspiring communal living, and regular privacy-based zoning in housing units. The four housing units were grouped in two and placed on both ends of a central courtyard. The court serves as an informal interaction space for the residents, safe playing and intimate recreational space for adults, especially women.