Nearly 8,000 schools were destroyed in the 2015 earthquake in central Nepal, and more than 33,000 classrooms collapsed. Fortunately the quake struck on a Saturday when the schools were closed. The earthquake gave Nepali architects reason to consider stronger structures that also addressed seasonal variation in temperature, natural lighting and airiness.

The Dwarpaleswor Secondary School in Mandan Deupur of Kavre needed to be rebuilt. Architect Arun Rimal took into account the terrain and location on a ridge with a stunning view of the Panchkhal Valley below and the Himalayan panorama beyond.

“We incorporated canopy spaces into the design on all four sides of the building allowing students to interact with outdoor space in between the classes,” says Rimal, who also employed the same rammed earth technique in the school that he used in the Bayalpata Hospital in Achham (see this blog post about this).The earthquake provided the opportunity to replace the dingy and crowded classrooms of standard government schools. Rammed earth is more sustainable, uses mostly local clay, provides better thermal properties, and is sturdier. Construction of the school was supported by Kids of Kathmandu, Sustainable Future, Moving Mountains, Fundacion Heres, Karma Improvement Project and Netflix and inaugurated on 20 January.

You can read the original article at www.nepalitimes.com

You watch a video about the school at www.youtube.com


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