Zamindar Bari

The Zamindar house consists of several houses, reservoir, landscape elements and open spaces arranged within the territorial boundary or compound. A. D. King remarked, ‘The enclosed ground area containing a single dwelling is termed as compound’. So it’ s been observed that Zamindar houses, whether in a rural or urban setting, contain inter compounds.


The fi eld samples indicate the spatial arrangement is cellular in nature. The main structure stands at the center, often having inside courtyards and some are found to include a detached pavilion or bungalow structures. Compound For this study the details of compounds are being discussed in relation to space and form. Most of the Zaminder house complexes were constructed on the bank of rivers for easy accesssibility through water ways and in an urban context a preference to good road connectivity The compound of all of these Zamindar houses provides the scenario of two distinct parts, the outer and the inner house. These two parts were generated according to the necessity of social, political, cultural and psychological essence. The outer house is generally dominated by the male while the inner house or the andarmahal, which offers more privacy, is especially demarcated as the female area. Most of the compound areas are constructed with entry, courts, landscape.