Nestled among the green hills of a tea plantation in northern Bangladesh, Dusai Resort & Spa was modeled after the area’s traditional villages. VITTI Sthapati Brindo used a hybrid construction system of traditional tea estate bungalows and standardized concrete structures, as well as local technology and materials, to create the labyrinthine development, which is dominated by an explosion of vegetation.
The resort comprises a residential complex, dining, a swimming pool, a spa, a conference room, and an indoor and outdoor gaming facility. The individual cottages of the residential complex are arranged in an array around a semi-private courtyard, while the deluxe cottages for couples are arranged in flocks in more private areas. The layout of the entire site resembles a labyrinth, with a curving path, internal roads and walkways leading visitors from the reception area to their cottages. The linear routes connect the public, semi-private and private zones consecutively.
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The design lets nature dominate built space. From the very beginning, the architects made a conscious effort to preserve existing open space, trees and the site’s natural topography. They used local craftsmanship and traditional construction techniques for a more sustainable approach to building on a slope. Bungalows were built on stilts, which allowed drainage to remain uninterrupted and dense vegetation untouched. The result demonstrates that the good life doesn’t have to be destructive.
Lead photo by Hasan Saifuddin Chandan