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Khudi Bari

Khudi Bari

Stage: 2020
Location: Chars in the coastal areas of Bangladesh
Client: Climate Victims and moving populations of Bangladesh
Architect: Marina Tabassum
Land Area: 64 sft, 100sft, 144sft

In order to provide dwelling for landless char dwellers as a climate preparedness and adaptation strategy MTA engaged in extensive research since October 2018. To prepare for the accelerated changes in the nature of erosion and accretion and to provide a climate responsive dwelling unit for landless moving population we have designed modular mobile unit houses that are low cost, durable and can be assembled and dissembled within short time with minimum labor.

The modular mobile house unit is designed as the new vernacular that uses local material but takes advantage of the rigid spaceframe structure. The architecture mimics traditional vernacular language of the Bengal delta that has long term association in human psyche thus making it acceptable as a culturally appropriate form. Due to the optimized scale of the house we have named it Khudi Bari that translates to tiny house. The basic structure is 128 square feet footprint to optimize the usable area in two levels. This also allows a higher elevation at 6 feet level. In case of flash flooding the dwellers can house themselves in the upper level till the water recedes.