Asian University for Women Master Plan
Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2009
The future campus of the Asian University for Women can be likened to a microcosm of a village or a small town. The unusual site is formed by a series of valleys and ridges with a fragile flora susceptible to damage by erosion. The form of the site provides a clue for the design. A sequence of continuous courtyards and water basins in the valley act as the principle organizing device for academic structures. The residential facilities follow the natural contour lines atop the ridges, reinforcing the natural topography and creating an edge to the campus. Linking the two levels, in addition to pathways and driveways, would be a series of circulation towers that conveniently connect the upper and lower campuses, 40 meters apart, at each of the common residential facilities. Water, shade and the integration of plant life in the architecture; common themes in the architecture of the region should form the framework for the syntax of the architecture. Above all, the design must facilitate and encourage interaction between students, faculty and the surrounding community.
Project Type: Academic
Client: Asian University for Women Support Foundation