TALK LESS, WORK MORE
The garment industry has become the primary catalyst of the Bengali economy. With over 4 million garment workers in Bangladesh, most of which are women, the housing stock associated has become a burden on Dhaka and the individual laborer. Most of the women come to Dhaka for a few months at a time, working on short-term verbal contracts. Looking for temporary housing poses many issues for these women, who turn to slums for their needs.
This project proposes to address these laborers by creating a campus providing temporary housing above a factory for 1000 people. These two programs will be divided by a series of common spaces to be used for educating the laborers for when they return to their villages. The campus is contains a dense urban center of the programmed space bracketed by a waterscape to one side, and an elevated landscape to the other raised above an existing commuter and cargo trains. trains.
The project attends to the unique climate in Bangladesh to create a relationship with the earth that varies at different times of the year. Through a meticulous study of existing climate patters, the shaping of the campus is formed to help funnel wind, shed rain and shade.
The entire project is raised above ground level while allowing for flood mitigation to offset its footprint. The campus is then allowed to function throughout the year, including during the monsoon season.
The section of the building becomes the primary focus of design as spaces are larger at the bottom and smaller at the top. The layering of brick becomes cracked to allow varied spatial typologies. Fenestration is varied giving smaller units at the bottom where light and air movement are more vital, and larger at the top where view comes into play in the housing units.
Axonometric demonstrating the stratification between factory spaces to cellular spaces above.
Rendering showing how campus geometry helps shed water to allow outside circulation year-round.
1:100 Model showing diversity of factory spaces below and housing above.
1:500 Model showing continuous materiality.