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Children’s Ziggurat

Locally-adapted orphanage and library

The Lali Gurans orphanage and library addresses the needs of an under-served rural population. In a context lacking basic infrastructure, the new 21 m high facility utilizes low-tech renewable energy and material resources, local craftsmanship, and vertical gardens for insulation and food, significantly reducing operating costs.

The project also addresses the needs of the nearby communities by offering a library accessible to the public and a seismically stable refuge area during earthquakes.

Project Timeline

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Reimagining the form of urban renewal
 
An unshakable commitment to the children of Nepal
 
“Promises to be kept”
 
Providing a temporary shelter following earthquake
 
Global finalist project entry 2015 - Children’s Ziggurat
 
Construction of orphanage continues
 
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
 
“Sustainability? Nurturing children and their potential” – Christopher Gish
 
Locally-adapted orphanage in Nepal takes Silver
 
“Combining a social framework with a physical one in an apparently seamless way” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 for Asia Pacific
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Project Details
Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Authors
Hilary Sample
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MOS Architects, USA
Michael Meredith
MAIN AUTHOR
Michael Meredith
MOS Architects, USA
Credit
Client: Christopher Gish, Seeds of Change Foundation, Littleton, CO, USA
Prizes
Awards
Silver 2014
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RELATED INFORMATION
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Children’s Ziggurat: Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for Asia Pacific – Project Overview
Children’s Ziggurat: Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for Asia Pacific – Project Overview

The Lali Gurans orphanage and library in Kathmandu addresses the needs of an under-served rural population. In a context …

VIDEO
“Sustainability? Nurturing children and their potential” – Christopher Gish
“Sustainability? Nurturing children and their potential” – Christopher Gish

Project client Christopher Gish from the Seeds of Change Foundation (USA) considers the engagement with children on the …

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Introducing Lali Gurans
Introducing Lali Gurans

The world’s first self-sustaining seismic-resistant community center, orphanage, and library. Created by the Seeds of …

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