Friendship Hospital


Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA


Architects: Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA
Area: 3387 m²
Lead Architect: Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, Principal
Location: Shyamnagar Upazila, Bangladesh

Description: The hospital is situated in a predominantly rural area that had been heavily affected by a major cyclone just a few years ago. In this natural, nature-ravaged landscape, thinly marked with low-rise structures and thatched houses, a local philanthropist donated land for Friendship to build an eighty-bed hospital.

Inspired by a powerful abstraction of the riverine Bengal landscape, the campus blends with the surroundings. The building layout is efficient and the architecture rational. A series of courtyards bring in natural ventilation towards, while air-conditioned spaces such as operating rooms are placed in areas in the wind shadow. The penetration of direct and reflected sunlight into all wards and consulting rooms was studied in detail.