Hotel

400 room 5-Star InterContinental Hotel300 room 3-Star Holiday Inn Hotel & Shopping ArcadeCountry Club & 9-Hole Golf Course Considered one of the largest hospitality projects in the country until date, the Dhaka Airport Hotels, Golf Club and Country Club project was launched by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh in 2000 on 149 acres of land at Kurmitola, Dhaka. The USD 130 million project was developed by IPCO Developments Limited of Hong Kong under a Build-Operate-Transfer scheme. A change in…

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Bengal Boi

Bengal Boi is a community reading initiative which was incubated by Bengal Foundation in 2017. Keeping in mind that many children and young adults may not have the opportunity to associate with books and develop reading habits at an early age, Bengal Boi has cultivated a supportive outdoor environment with free access to books, and tables and chairs, and an indoor bookshop. Boi draws about fifteen hundred young people every day, and has become a place where families can socialise…

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Bengal Shilpalay

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts was established in 2000. Originally a residence, the gallery had to be conceived within the confines of the given structure which the owner did not wish to alter. The gallery was revamped in 2012 by Jubair Hasan. The makeover resulted in opening up the interior to the natural environment outside. A final reconstruction by the same architect, with additional 8 floors was completed in 2018. The minimalist architectural language is a landmark in defining the…

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Banglar Misti

Sweets have been an inseparable part of our culture for centuries. They are symbolic of the people’s love for rich, decadent desserts and are integral to many social and cultural mores and rituals. Banglar Misthi by Bengal Express Limited is the first outlet if its kind to specialise in producing and procuring exceptional and lesser known traditional sweets from different parts of Bangladesh. The nuanced architectural vocabulary of the interior uniquely brings together the lovingly crafted sweets and delicacies, and…

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Swadesh Bungalow

The stand-alone farmhouse in Gazipur is straddled by Saal forests and overlooks lowlands that flood in monsoon. The low large openings, and the use of clay bricks and timber, echo the lay of the land and the repose of its surroundings. The richly textured surfaces enhance the interplay of light and shade. Built in 2014 for Shwadesh Farms, the bungalow has a deep and wide veranda for shade and protection from rain.   Lead architect: Luva Nahid Choudhury

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SM Sultan Bengal Art College

S M Sultan (1923-1994), a contemporary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, is considered a leading modernist painter of Bangladesh. It is for his bold and expansive oil paintigs that he most well known. In his striking oils he framed epic narratives of the struggle and resilience of village life. Sultan had done some of his most iconic works in his beloved home town Narail, where he spent his last days in the company of pupils and an extensive menagerie. In 2015,…

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Shangskriti Utshab Sylhet

The Shangskriti Utshab was designed by Abashan in response to Bengal Foundation’s brief to turn the AMA Muhith Sports Complex at Sylhet into a venue for a multi-layered cultural festival, which would bring together audiences and artists from around the country. Drawing on Sylhet’s rich heritage of poetry and ballads, the 10 days long festival was conceived around a central stage for music, a hall for theatrical performances and screening films, an architectural exposition on the city of Sylhet, a…

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Bengal Museum

In 2015, the Bengal Foundation began work on a Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum, at Singair, Savar, to house multi-media works from the organisation’s founder Abul Khair’s private collection, pieces by local artists, a sculpture garden, and a boat museum to celebrate the various cultural arts of local residents.The museum designed by Nahas Khali, was designed to sit on a 45-acre site in the outskirts of Dhaka, and would be the first instance of large-scale adaptive reuse. Although the project…

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Bengal Center

A four storied commercial building on the Airport Road was remodeled in 2006 to house offices of the Bengal Foudation, ICE Media, Bengal Publications, and the Safiuddin Bengal Printmaking Studio, Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements (BIALS), and Parampara Sangeetaly. The simple architectural language of Bengal Centre, with brick pylons defining the corners, helped establish an organic dialogue with the surrounding expanse of water bodies and woods. Principal architect (building and construction): Luva Nahid ChoudhuryICE Media Design Architect: Sumon…

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Aranya

Aranya is one of the earliest a crafts initiative in Bangladesh, to exclusively focus on vegetable dyes. Aranya uses authentic natural dyes freshly prepared from ingredients such as Madder, Indigo, Cutch, and other varieties, every morning, in wonderful shades of blues, greens, maroons and more. It also develops and sources authentic and original crafts and designs from all over the country and makes it available at its outlets.Architect Tahmida Afroze chose a design approach informed by Aranya’s philosophy, which is…

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