The BRAC nursery is a project made from recycled steel containers, which were disposed of on site after the importation of materials belonging to the BRAC enterprise. The architect inspired the client to recycle the disposed containers as temporary installments of found materials to satisfy their immediate purpose of a shop and nursery. The landscape tied the separated containers into a cohesive whole with brick-laid pedestrian walkways, while the plantations outside are the outdoor nursery displays. The entire site is encompassed by permeable low-height fences to provide urban relief in the commercial zone and subdue the impact of the heavy traffic road adjacent to it. The steel containers, due to their conductive properties, generate heat, so the roof was made double-layered to take away hot air and covered with creepers on top to provide comfort to the interior of the container. The site consists of three containers and a skeleton of exposed steel structure. The Shourodip skeleton structure at the extreme west is called Shourodip, with the storage area located at the shaded but open ground flower. The upper floor is the Jhulonto shymoli shop selling hanging and pot plants such as Hedera, Ivy, Money Plant, Kangaroo Pocket, Hoya, Green Leaf, Air Plant, and several types of orchids and bonsai. The steel frame at the top holds the BRAC Enterprise solar panels in place, producing electricity for the entire compound. The other three establishments comprise an elevated container reached by an exposed flight of steel stairs from the side, which shade the immediate glass-enclosed rooms below it. The floors have an inherent adaptability, allowing for alternative space usage depending on the situational need. Adjacent to Shourodip is Morudyan, which has a shop selling cactus and bulbs, and Nobojibon, which sells recycled paper products. The reshom polli is at the east end of the site, selling silk products such as saris, kamiz, and silk fabric.
Ar. Md. Iqbal Habib
Ar. Md. Ishtiaque Zahir
Promote BRAC nursery and handicraft products
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