Inspiring mud-and-bamboo Anandaloy Building uplifts a Bangladeshi community

German architecture apply Studio Anna Heringer has been given the international architecture prize OBEL AWARD 2020 for its work on the Anandaloy Setting up, an unconventional task combining sustainable development and social enhancement to catalyze regional enhancement in rural Bangladesh. Produced to stick to the practice’s motto that “architecture is a instrument to boost lives,” the curved building was created by neighborhood villagers using locally sourced mud and bamboo and serves as each a neighborhood heart for men and women with disabilities and a modest workspace for creating good textiles. The project’s name Anandaloy suggests ‘The Place of Deep Joy’ in the nearby Bengali dialect.

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Positioned in the northern Bangladeshi village of Rudrapur, the multifunctional community heart was created to rejoice range and inclusion — concepts that are specially crucial for these with disabilities in Bangladesh, where having a incapacity is from time to time regarded as karmic punishment. The constructing also aids empower nearby women and counteract city-rural migration with the garments-creating task Dipdii Textiles positioned on the first floor. The project supports neighborhood textile traditions with function opportunities.

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“What I want to transmit with this making is that there is a good deal of beauty in not pursuing the typical typical pattern,” Anna Heringer reported. “Anandaloy does not observe a basic rectangular structure. Relatively, the creating is dancing, and dancing with it is the ramp that follows it all around. That ramp is necessary, since it is the symbol of inclusion. It is the only ramp in the area, and as the most predominant point about the making, it triggers a great deal of thoughts. In that way, the architecture alone raises recognition of the relevance of including everybody. Diversity is some thing wonderful and anything to celebrate.”

people weaving textiles in large, open room
bamboo benches on outdoor patio

Community villagers of all ages and genders, which includes people with disabilities, created Anandaloy with a no-formwork mud building system identified as cob. Bamboo obtained from community farmers was also used for the structural elements and the facade, which characteristics a Vienna weaving pattern that the workers selected. The developing fully operates on solar strength. 

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Pictures by Kurt Hoerbst through Studio Anna Heringer

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