MOS Architects designed this sustainable community orphanage in Nepal to serve as a model for surrounding areas. The Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre is being constructed just eight kilometers from Kathmandu. The orphanage will be built using local building techniques, it will be wrapped in plant life, and it will incorporate tanks for rainwater harvesting. This green design aims to be a practical and low-cost solution for the community’s needs.
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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