Introduction: National Institute of design is internationally recognized as one of the foremost institute in the field of design education, research & training. The unique feature of NID is the design education program is an openness educational culture and environment where the students from different faculties interact with each other in a seamless manner.

Project Name: National Institute of Design
By: Anamul Islam
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

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This project is located in Purbachal, Dhaka. The site is surrounded by 3 side roads and Turag river on the other side. The area of this project is about 12.7 acres. This education center combines 3 schools in two forms connecting with a shared function as library. This project is designed like a landscape for learning as the topographical interpretation of natural landscape – a continuous terraced terrain with steps and bridges that connect across several levels and merge the multistory into a single entity.

Design Concept: The ancient system of education in India was named ‘’Gurukula’’. It was placed within nature. So, from ancient times the education system raised within nature. At the start of the design process, my concern was to create a design hub towards nature.

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Creative HUB is a place that endorses creativity. When anyone comes to space, they are given the energy to become creative. As the NID is a creative institute. It should be merged with mother nature. From the main entry, the goal was to reach towards nature, so I created a pathway with nature and took it through the heart of two buildings. Both buildings were terraced steps that provide generous, flexible spaces for group meetings, social events. The wind direction of the area is south-east to north-west. The reason for the diagonal formulation of the building is wind direction and to avoid the roadside noise.

The Architectural Project: Designed as an extension and interpretation of the natural landscape, the entry of the project is within a garden. There is a space of casual gathering, social events, outdoor exhibitions so that one can always get the essence of a creative environment.

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There is two academic building. North-west building consists of industrial design in the lower part so that they can join the workshop indoor as well as outdoor of the building and communication design school in the upper part of the building. The south-east building consists of administration and cafeteria at the lower part of the building and student collaborative space in the middle and textile design school at the upper part of the building. The cafeteria located near to the river.

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The ancillary block is consisting of auditorium seating for larger events and at the top of it there are indoor games with semi-outdoor space where they can enjoy the game in the field or the nature on the other side. It has a connection with the south-east building at the student collaborative zone. This block is also working as a connector for both, the environment of the field and the river. The riverside is full of gathering space, like Shaheed Minar, amphitheater, outdoor workshop. Lawns are not only a feature of landscape but they act as interactive spaces, informal gathering, cultural program etc.


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