Award Winning Buildings

Award Winning Buildings Photo: Christian Richters

Our award winning buildings embody the school’s ethos. 

Designed by international architects Arup, 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.


Key features

  • 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:

2001 – The Nursery and Infant courtyard opened.
2003 – First residence opened, allowing the school to accommodate children from remote areas.
2005 – The Junior School opened.
2007 – Construction of Science Laboratories and Art room started.
2008/9 – Construction of Residence 3.
2010 – A devastating mudslide swept through the school, the granite buildings stood firm, unlike local mud-brick buildings that were swept away.
2011 – Construction started on a three-metre-high, 1 kilometer-long mudslide defence wall & embankment.
2012/13 – Construction of Residence 4.
2014 – Final two secondary school classrooms were completed.
2015 – Dining Hall & Kitchen extension started.

2016 - Dining Hall & kitchen extension and dining hall latrines.

2017 - Start of the Mudslide Repair & Seismic Upgrade Programme and the first Eco Shower Building.

2018 - Seismic Upgrade & Mudslide Repair Programme. 

2019 - Seismic Upgrade & Mudslide Repair Programme, second and third Eco Shower Buildings.

2020 - Seismic Upgrade & Mudslide Repair Programme and fourth Eco Shower Building.

2021 onwards – Continuation of the Seismic Upgrade programme. Future expansion includes: classroom facilities for students aged 16-18, health centre; multi-purpose hall; new visitor centre complex; extra school offices, central library.



How to Help

Donations and investments can be made online or sending a cheque to the UK project office. You can find out more on our Donate page.

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