LALITPUR TRAINING CENTRE
Concept design for a new training centre in Nepal.
A training centre that provides high standard training, support and advice for the skill and personal development of participants.
This was a pro-bono concept design for NGO Aussie Action Abroad who help facilitate new building work in Nepal alongside local communities. The structure had to be simple and familiar to conventional building methods, but also be responsive to the extremes of climate. A thermal mass building with plenty of roof insulation, shading and glass in the right places will passively moderate the internal temperatures across the broad band of temperatures experienced in Kathmandu.
“Ultimately, what determines the permanence of a building is not the wealth of the developer or the materials that are used, but the simple question of whether or not the resulting structure is supported — loved — by the people.” Shigeru Ban
Vernacular architecture is the result of hundreds of years of optimization to provide a comfortable shelter in a local climate using available materials and known construction technologies. Due to the absence of mechanical means, traditional buildings use solar passive measures to achieve thermal comfort conditions.
And thus the inspiration for the design of this centre derives from what has come before, using the most appropriate materials available and used in the best way. The buildings will be cheaper to run, more comfortable for the staff and students to work in, and provide an example of simple and low-tech environmentally sustainable design.
Traditional or 'Vernacular' building design from Nepal
Climate data and passive design criteria
Concept images for the training centre, consisting of two training rooms and a shared kitchen on the ground floor, each has their own covered break-out space. On the first floor is the resource centre. Total building area approximately 320msq.