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CENTURY ARCADE SHOPPING CUM HOUSING FACILITIES
at Outer Circular Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh




Client : Free School Street Property Limited

Built up Area : 1,00,000 sft

Project Cost : 18 million (1st Phase)

Project Status : Completed in 1989



The concept of the project was to place shopping facility within a three-level space with free sight lines and air circulation across all levels within a built envelope, within which shoppers will freely circulate on floating passages. Making of shopping a pleasant experience, maximization of interaction among shoppers and wares and display fronts to floor area, and minimization of circulation space were goals. A hexagonal honey comb of 350 sft units, which allows flexibility of shop sizes/ maximizes display fronts were selected. Floating walks at 2nd and 3rd levels ensured visibility across all floors, and enhanced convection air current from lower floors to clear story service floor open on all sides. Natural fragment from here baths the entire shopping area. Beyond the original requirement the architect, the architect provided two additional Residential & Housing floors of bed-sitter apartment units: one at rooftop garden level and one at a terrace level above. Two vertical circulation elements provide access to Residential & Housing floors. Construction and Finish: RCC frame structure, plastered brick filler walls, light metal frame fenestration/ mosaic flooring.






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