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promote bamboo and earth as a modern construction material.

NAMASTE

BUILDING WITH BAMBOO AND EARTH

DESIGN • BUILD • EDUCATE

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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.

Bamboo BICYCLE 

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.


Featured Project

Balmandir, which translates as Children's Temple was established in 1964. It is one of the oldest organization working towards protecting and promoting the rights of Nepalese children. NCO has a nationwide network of 75 district working and they provide free education to more than 10,000 children all over Nepal. We are very happy to be building a school and accomodation for Special Children right at their flagship location in Naxal, Kathmandu with the financial support of Dididai, Spain and Rotary Club.

Balmandir, which translates as Children's Temple was established in 1964. It is one of the oldest organization working towards protecting and promoting the rights of Nepalese children. NCO has a nationwide network of 75 district working and they provide free education to more than 10,000 children all over Nepal. We are very happy to be building a school and accomodation for Special Children right at their flagship location in Naxal, Kathmandu with the financial support of Dididai, Spain and Rotary Club.

ABARI Studio

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.

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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

Previous projects

Restoring Land with Bamboo

For us sustainability entails being aware of where raw materials come from. We have been working in the flood plains of Madi, Chitwan for more than a decade. The area was completely decimated by 2009 flood, where arable land was flooded with sand. We bought a little bit of land as an experiment to show that it can be restored. We started by planting bamboo along the river bank and encouraged farmers to follow suit.  We advocated that  bamboo will not only create buffer against flood but also provide additional income and raw materials for construction. 10 years and 200 farmers later, we are happy to say that our dream is slowly coming to fruition. Birds are coming back, community feels secured, more people are planting bamboo- slowly community is turning into a tourist spot.

For us sustainability entails being aware of where raw materials come from. We have been working in the flood plains of Madi, Chitwan for more than a decade. The area was completely decimated by 2009 flood, where arable land was flooded with sand. We bought a little bit of land as an experiment to show that it can be restored. We started by planting bamboo along the river bank and encouraged farmers to follow suit. We advocated that bamboo will not only create buffer against flood but also provide additional income and raw materials for construction. 10 years and 200 farmers later, we are happy to say that our dream is slowly coming to fruition. Birds are coming back, community feels secured, more people are planting bamboo- slowly community is turning into a tourist spot.

Stay with us

Seeing is believing. You can come and stay in the spaces we've designed set amidst carefully tended permaculture farms.

Dhulikhel Learning Centre

In the temperate hills of Dhulikhel, overlooking the exquisite Himalayas and rolling rice fields we have established series of centres using traditional building techniques like rammed earth, bamboo, wattle and daub, compressed earth blocks etc. We have spaces to hosts events and have artist residencies. It is a quite and meditative space only 1.2 hours from Kathmandu.

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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.