News and Updates
ABARI is the finalist of 2018 The AR Emerging Architecture award
Launched in 1999, AREA grants early recognition to young designers and celebrates the architectural stars of tomorrow. Established in response to the heavy-hitting Gold Medals, Pritzkers, and other lifetime achievement awards, Emerging Architecture rewards a promising portfolio of work and propels young talent onto the international stage early in their careers.
Previous winners and finalists include Shigeru Ban, Anna Heringer, Thomas Heatherwick, Jürgen Mayer H, Frida Escobedo, Sou Fujimoto, Wilkinson Eyre, Sameep, Padora, Bjarke Ingels, Sean Godsell, Dorte Mandrup, Li Xiaodong, Carla Juaçaba, Rick Joy, Junya Ishigami
Early Childhood Village
Kopila Valley School
With thick rammed earth walls, intricate bamboo truss of over 4000 sq. feet, Early Childhood Village in Kopila Valley school is not only the largest bamboo and earth structure in South Asia it is probably one of the most beautiful too.
Combining all the earthquake resistant techniques that we have learned over the last 8 years, the two storey bamboo and earth is school is finally up and running.
Located in the far-western region of Nepal in the emerging town of Surkhet, Kopila Valley School aims to be a model not only in terms of pedagogy but also in terms of sustainable construction that is very proud and insync with the vernacular architectural heritage of the country.
We are very happy to host Prof. Lance Gordon Rake from University of Kansas. We will continue our collaboration to make bamboo bicycles, cargo bikes and a scooter. We welcome any interested volunteers in our team. He will be with us till the first week of January 2020.
We are very happy to complete our ABARI Studio in Chitwan. This is where we design, make prototypes, build furniture, host workshops and also grow mangos, bananas and lychees. Moreover, we proudly hosts resident artists, architects, engineers and interns. The structure is made on stilts, has wattle and daub walls that are rendered with lime plaster and crowned with thatched roof to confront tropical heat.
Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya
When we started ABARI 10 years ago, a building with bamboo and earth was a hard sell. People loved the idea but were not convinced of its relevance in the modern context. Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya is the biggest archive of Nepali Literature. It is located in the centre of Kathmandu and is built with bamboo and earth- a true testimony of leap of faith in public perception. This project has helped people realize that Earth and Bamboo is relevant in Urban Context and in 21st century. Thanks to this build, we are populating more areas of Kathmandu with the material that comes from right under our feet and can meet all contemporary engineering challenges. Read More
Restoring Land with Bamboo
Stay with us
Seeing is believing. You can come and stay in the spaces we've designed set amidst carefully tended permaculture farms.
Chitwan Bamboo Forest
Surrounded by hustling bamboo forest, inside the Chitwan National Park our Tropical Retreat is built amidst our tropical Permaculture Farm. You will not only enjoy good home made organic food and relax in our n our Minakabau style bamboo and earth structure, but also get to see how we have reclaimed a degraded river bank into a lust tropical forest.