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South East University Campus

Located in Tejgaon, one of the busiest commercial areas of Dhaka city, deep in the heart of the urban fabric, building a university campus is an arduous task as it faces no guarantees on how the site surroundings will change through the years. In order to tackle this problem, the South East University campus was designed to be flexible enough to withstand the changes through the area.

Using a central courtyard based design creates a heart for the whole campus, that allows for all the classrooms to be connected and lets students have a common space to interact. Being a north facing building means that when it rains there is less chance of water entering through that side. Taking advantage of that fact, various voids were established within the north fa├žade, creating arteries that are connected to the heart, as in the courtyard, and allows for an excellent air circulation.

Having a lot of voids in the north means most of the common facilities are situated there, leaving the other sides to hold the classrooms. With the possibilities of other building development surrounding the campus, the east and the west side have alternating voids that are connected to the staircase, which are not as prominent as the north ones in order to make sure that the privacy and the air flow is not hampered. The classrooms are kept solid to keep a uniform studying environment and mainly have a white color scheme to reflect that, however the exterior favors a warmer color scheme. Bricks are used to maintain this warm tone and to bring about sustainability to the design.

Location : Tejgaon, Dhaka.

Client : South East university trustee board

Consultants : Cubeinside Design ltd.

Land Area : 5554 sqm

Total Built Area : 30,670 sqm

Architect : Khandaker Ashifuzzaman

Associate Architect : Md. Shakhawat Hossain, Md. Sharifuzzaman

Design Team : Mehri Farnaz, Asfia Islam

Structural design : Engr. Nazrul Alam

Plumbing Consultant : Engr. Idrisur Rahman

Electrical Consultant : Engr. Akbar Ali Gazi

Construction Supervision : SEU

Project cost :

Design Timeline : 2018-2019

Construction Timeline : 2020-2023