Distribution center for grocery E-market (Architectural Thesis Project)

Distribution center for grocery E-market (Architectural Thesis Project)

A "bazaar‟ or a marketplace is considered an enclosed marketplace or street store in which many kinds of goods are for sale. However, in the context of Bangladesh, these "bazaars‟ are community spaces where people meet and spend their time with acquaintances. The process of buying and selling forms a personal relationship with the local vendors and surrounding community members. This scenario is not noticeable in Dhaka city these days due to various reasons and to simplify the process of buying and selling, online shopping fulfillment centers find their place in various points all over Dhaka city. These fulfillment centers are otherwise recognized as order fulfillment storage warehouse which operates on the basis of a cycle of events and processes.

massing diagram

The precise niche in this project is online grocery shopping fulfillment center where the warehouse contains perishable grocery items and household goods. This project studies the differences between modern and traditional warehouse, space attributes of warehouse design, different types of warehouse architecture and warehouse design layouts.

Architecture portfolio of Shawlin Islam

Case studies and field surveys helped understand the warehouse layouts and processes in action. There are several diagrams and info-graphics in illustration form that have been provided to explain the various design stages. A table containing a list of all flammable, combustible and explosive goods have been provided to aid in "compartmentalizing‟- a fire safety method essential for every warehouse design. The recent fire incidents in Dhaka city rooted from negligence towards fire codes and rules set forth by the Bangladesh National Building Code.


A breakdown of all the studies have been compiled in my Warehouse design blog

For convenience, I here are direct links to all the Research topics with proper reference.

  1. Introduction to modern "Bazaar"
  2. Literature Synthesis and Typology of warehouses
  3. Why the 19th century warehouse did not sustain? History
  4. Case Study of- A warehouse with over 3000 orders a day
  5. Site Analysis of Tejgaon Industrial Area/ Development Trend of Tejgaon Industrial Area/ Number of plots and their floor area
  6. Defining site and its surroundings according to theories of Kevin Lynch/ Site Location/ Site Area etc.
  7. Site surroundings, Location of electric poles and existing site images
  8. Project Programme
  9. Difference between traditional and modern Warehousing
  10. Fundamentals of Modern Warehousing
  11. Warehouse building types
  12. Warehouse and the Industrial Revolution
  13. What is Industry 4.0?
  14. Storage efficiency with various handling methods
  15. Industrial truck (forklift) dimensions
  16. Autonomous Vehicles in warehouse logistics
  17. Industrial Pallets, Standard pallet patterns and Standard Pallet sizes
  18. Loading Bay sizes, planning and Layout criteria
  19. Planning for fire control and Fire compartmentalization
  20. Amenity and Hygiene/ Washing and toilet facilities/ workplace design considerations
  21. Rules from BNBC Part I
  22. Rules from BNBC Part II Fire Protection
  23. List of flammable items/ Combustible dust dangers in a grocery warehouse
  24. Rat proofing/ Termite proofing in industrial buildings
  25. Industrial Shelves
  26. Field Survey
  27. Design Documents: FAR Calculation and Building code (RAJUK)
  28. Concept info graphic, Massing diagram and Volume Analysis


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