Friendship Hospital Satkhira by Kashef Chowdhury and URBANA

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In the wake of a ravaging cyclone, a local philanthropist donated land to build Friendship Hospital, an 80-bed structure set against the predominantly rural and riverine Bengal landscape. It’s a series of interconnected courtyards with a central canal, where rainwater is collected and used to nurture the internal landscape. The site holds two large tanks for harvested rainwater—a valuable resource in an area where the saline groundwater is unusable for most practical purposes. It’s an efficiently built campus that blends with its deep-green, earthy surroundings.