• Date: 2016-2018
  • Location: Lehu, Ladakh, India
  • Client: Nalanda Buddhist Research Centre
  • Detail: total area of 200,000 m2
  • Stage: on development

The project is situated in Lehu, the capital of Ladakhu, India, in the Himalayas, at 4,000 metres above sea level. The investor, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, requested an extension of the existing Buddhist school and a proposal to the development of the adjacent area in order to serve as the new school campus as well as to generate funds to operate the campus and buildings to be used by the general public. In addition, the investor requested developing sustainable, environmentally-friendly territory functioning independently of the state water and electricity sources. The entire project is designed based on passive solar principals with the main construction material being compressed dirt. The area comprises of a school campus for 600 students and their accommodation, the Nalanda Buddhist Research Centre, public library, the Ladakhu museum, lecture auditorium, healthcare centre, shopping streets and residential units for rent.