Location: INDIA
Date: 2009
Client: HIS HOLINESS, THE 12TH GYALWANG DRUKPA
Size: 7,000M2
Credits: ACME Team (Kelvin Chu, Friedrich Ludewig, Monica Preziuso) in collaboration with P.A.C
Ladakh, also known as ‘Little Tibet’ is infamous for its Hemis Monastery. This 300 years old Tibetan Buddhist monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. It is situated in the Himalayas at an altitude of 3,700m, the district combines the condition of both arctic and desert climate. As part of a modernization plan, one of the main developments is a new school for 500 monks in the Hemis monastery. The spiritual leader, His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, intends to introduce western education system to existing traditional religious study. While the main temple continues to provide spiritual education to the monks, this proposed school will facilitate a structured and modern curriculum varying from languages to arts and craft and I.T. The school aims to be responsive to Ladakh’s harsh climate and while proposing a school type that progressive but yet sensitive to the character of its surroundings. This project not only seeks to provide a stable education to future monks but also be economically sustainable. This could be done through either providing spiritual educational services or creating spiritual artefacts that could be sold to the wider community.