Designed by international architects Arup Associates, the buildings combine the best of traditional Ladakhi architecture with 21st century engineering excellence and so act as a model for appropriate, cost effective and sustainable development.
Ladakh is an area of few resources and extreme temperatures. Here are the highlights of Arup's design solutions to an extremely challenging design brief:
- Using locally-available materials, which have the least impact on the environment;
- Exploiting natural ventilation and passive solar heating;
- Minimising energy use and emissions;
- Minimising water use;
- Refining and adapting traditional techniques to provide modern solutions.
Progress to date:
The school is being built in phases: the Nursery & Infant courtyard opened in September 2001; the Junior School in 2005; and work should be completed on the Secondary School by October 2014, funds permitting. View the Master Plan to get an overview of the project.
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