Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh public ghat, South Asian riverfront architecture photos

Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah

2 June 2022

Architect: Co.Creation Architects / Khondaker Hasibul Kabir

Location: Bangladesh, South Asia

Community-driven project public realm in Jhenaidah

Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh

Photos: Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Asif Salman (photographer)

Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah in Bangladesh

The community-driven project provides public spaces in the riverine city with 250,000 residents; over time, access to and use of the river and banks had become impeded.

Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh

To date, the project comprises two ghats – steps leading down to platforms at the river, with adjacent walkways – and the opening of obstructed pedestrian pathways leading to them.

The ghat was built with brick and concrete by local masons. It was designed with respect for the local topography:
Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh

Locally available materials such as brick and concrete were used in the simple, contextual designs, all built by local builders and masons; the site-specific projects retain all existing trees and vegetation.

The architects surveyed and documented all the trees in the city in order to propose ecologically significant vegetation and enhance the area’s biodiversity. All the existing trees on-site were preserved:
Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh

Future phases focus on public use of the river area with walkways, gardens, cultural facilities and environmental efforts to increase biodiversity in the river.

The ghat has become a popular place for the local people to exercise, enjoy an evening stroll, meet with friends or simply sit by the river:
Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh

Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah Bangladesh – Building Information

Award Cycle: 2020-2022 Cycle
Status: Shortlisted
Country of origin: Bangladesh
Location: Jhenaidah, Bangladesh, South Asia

View of a small ghat used by the inhabitants of the village of Shatbariya. The circular structure adjoining the stairs is a changing room:
Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh

Client: Residents & Jhenaidah City Authority
Architect: Co.Creation Architects / Khondaker Hasibul Kabir
Completed: 2019

Smaller ghats are built to accommodate the daily needs of the local communities who bathe, wash their clothes and fish in the Nabaganga river:
Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh

Photographs: Asif Salman (photographer)

2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlist

Urban River Spaces in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh images / information received 020622 from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – AKAA

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