Children’s Ziggurat: Locally-adapted orphanage and library, Kath

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.