Helen Morgan

MOS Architects' Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

by , 01/07/14

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The project grew from a partnership between MOS Architects and the Seeds of Change Foundation, which focuses on educational and environmental work in Nepal. The region where the orphanage will be located is seismically active, so the architects went with a concrete frame set on a solid foundation.

The center will provide social services for Nepalese women as well while providing a home for around 50 children. The project is located in an area with a large impoverished youth population, so privacy and security were main objectives that factored into the building’s layout. The building will contain a library, a women’s clinic, and a dormitory.

MOS also intends the space to serve as a hub for teaching about green building and the environment. They sought to incorporate simple, sustainable ‘common sense’ building solutions – like collecting rainwater in three large cisterns. Additionally, biogas will be harvested from landscape waste to generate power for the building.

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Via ArchDaily

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  1. mmor mmor January 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

    It’s a beautiful building — I love it aesthetically — but I want more information. For instance, is the building passively solar, and how does that work? There seems to be a system of cross ventilation, but it’s not explained or diagramed. Is poured-in-place concrete really the best solution, even in a seismic area? What other options were considered? Is a four story building the best parti in an area where it looks like land is cheap and plentiful? In what ways does this building exemplify “simple, sustainable and common sense” building solutions, beyond collecting rainwater in cisterns?

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