Kashef Chowdhury – The Friendship Centre

Kashef Chowdhury – The Friendship Centre

Gaibandha, Bangladesh

Kashef Chowdhury's Friendship Centre: the essence of architecture




With an essay by Kenneth Frampton and a conversation with Kashef Chowdhury by Rob Wilson. Photographs by Hélène Binet

1st edition

, 2016

Text in English


116 pages, 29 color, 54 b/w illustrations and plans

23 x 28.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-021-3


The Friendship Centre in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, was built for the local NGO Friendship, which provides services for poor citizens of the region. Built by Dhaka-based architect Kashef Chowdhury, it was designed to provide an inviting and accessible space for those who use the Centre’s services. This book looks closely at the Centre’s design and construction.

Situated on two acres, the complex is designed to blend with the natural environment while echoing the ruins of Mahasthan, a Buddhist dwelling from the third century BC, located nearby. It is constructed and finished primarily of one material—local handmade bricks—and individual pavilions, courtyards, pools, and green spaces are woven throughout. The result, as evidenced in the book’s photographs, by celebrated Swiss architectural photographer Hélène Binet, is a building that is a celebration of essential and simple beauty.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Kashef Chowdhury

 führt in Dhaka das Architekturbüro URBANA, das seit 1995 ein international viel beachtetes und preisgekröntes Werk geschaffen hat. Für das Friendship Centre in Gaibandha, Bangladesch, wurde er mit dem Aga Khan Architecture Award 2016 ausgezeichnet.

Kenneth Frampton

 is the Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Rob Wilson

 is a writer, curator, and architect based in London.