Shatotto

Architecture For Green Living

SA Family Graveyard Botkhali, Noakhali (2011-2012)

Sketch by Rafiq Azam

In appreciation of life

Lalon, a 19th century philosopher mystic minstrel says "If there is something not inside the body, then it is not outside of the body either." He says, Body and mind or thoughts are two different things intermingles and intertwines creates human being. Dialogue between body and good thoughts creates good human being. Dialogue between body and good thoughts creates good human being. The thoughts are like birds, comes inside the body and goes out of it. They are interdependent yet independent and they belong each other and belong to themselves. So, the meaning of death is going out of the thoughts from the body and never comes back.

During the Graveyard project design as architect says, "I drew a line between life and death considering life as terrestrial or temporal one side and the other death as celestial. When I elevated the line, It became a window which is actually dividing and connecting the life as terrestrial and death as celestial.

Architecturally the window made of simple as cast concrete strongly positioned in the natural rural setup looking at the dense betel nut trees and green village around. The raised platform here, is the threshold space, a silent space of thoughts as the 12th century philosopher Jalaludding Rumee says, "Silence is the language of god. Rest all are the poor translations."