Bamboo and Stone School

Posted on | April 23, 2014 | Comments Off

Government of Nepal is building 50,000 classrooms all over the country. Although the intention is good, they are putting very uninspiring, cookie cutter design, concrete schools; whether they are in the mountains or the plains.  These schools perform very poorly in extreme weathers, upto a point that they are are closed if its rains hard or if it is too hot or cold. Moreover, the construction doesn’t benefit the local economy. We are trying to prove that there is an alternative. With the use of local materials we can not only construct inspiring modern classrooms that are climate and environment sensitive but we can also empower local communities to build their own structures at an affordable cost. We are proud to work with our partner Learning Planet in construction of this model school in a remote village of Gorkha. Apart from this amazing architecture, the school has pico hydro and photovoltaic cells for electricity, wifi connection, clean drinking water, modern bamboo furnitures and toys.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Dhulikhel Campus

Posted on | July 31, 2013 | Comments Off

 

We are building ABARI Learning Center in Dhulikhel where we will demonstrate and teach people on different construction methods of Bamboo and Earth. Here are some of the pictures of construction. In the same project, we are collaborating with Karmi Initiative to design a full scale permaculture farm with integrated vegetables, fruits and dairy farm.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Rammed Earth and Bamboo

Posted on | May 14, 2013 | Comments Off

We have finished the first two story bamboo and rammed earth structure of Naryan Archarya and Naomi Saville in Kathmandu. Much kudos to Naryan dai who has relentlessly worked to promote this material despite certain skepticism in the beginning. In the process he has trained his community members from Jumla and added tools for construction. The primary goal intention of the couple was to build a home that was to provide modern comfort in natural environment with emphasis on thermal comfort and seismic resistance.   The materials for the rammed earth are literally procured from the site and bamboo brought from 200 km. Timber is salvaged from an old building.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Bamboo Water Tank

Posted on | April 8, 2013 | Comments Off

For the last 9 months, with the funds from Environment Canada and technical support from INBAR, ABARI had been working on bamboo based water tank and  renewable means to transport water. The technology, developed in Nepal was also transfered to Ethiopia. The project’s aim was “to scale up the use of local resources, such as bamboo, gravel and sand to alleviate the pressures caused by erratic rainfall patterns, which are under threat of further exacerbation by climate change. This manual showcases the lessons learned from the project and is designed for entrepreneurs, development and water resource management professionals working with rural communities to adopt and adapt these new technologies within their own work.”

Please download the manual from INBAR’s website for more information.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Bamboo Water Tank

Posted on | January 16, 2013 | Comments Off

Bamboo Water Tank

After the first trial of 250 liters we have gone 20 times more! Here is the our  5000 liter water tank made out of bamboo.This is the biggest of its kind.  Cement is used to plaster the tank but any alternative material like lime or plastic can also be used in order to save on cost. The tank will be connected to a solar pump and a bio-sand filter. This was done in collaboration with INBAR.

 

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Bamboo Water Tank

Posted on | October 13, 2012 | Comments Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abari and INBAR recently signed a contract to build couple of bamboo water tanks in Nepal and Ethiopia. Bamboo tank was investigated in the 1980′s but due to borer attack and fungus it was later discarded. The earlier bamboo tanks were basically woven bamboo that were plastered with cement. Due to unitary modular ratio, different shrinkage ratio and low Youngs Modulus of bamboo the cohesion with bamboo and cement were not satisfactory. As the material knowledge and technology has developed in the last 20 years, our team along with INBAR experts have now been reinvestigating the concept again. Here is a small prototype of 250 liters and our next target is 5000 liters. The tank will have solar water pump, bio sand filter and reed bed for water recycling. Our target is to reduce the cost by 50 percent compared to the conventional plastic or concrete tank.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Rammed Earth House in Nepal

Posted on | October 11, 2012 | Comments Off

Two story bamboo house

Our first two story residential house in Kathmandu is in progress. The second floor is now coming up. First floor is rammed earth and the second floor is lightweight bamboo frame with natural insulation.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Our Furniture Collection

Posted on | September 11, 2012 | Comments Off

Here is the first edition of our furniture. Its all hand crafted by local youths and women, chemical free with minimal use of all materials which were sourced from 100 km radius. Contact us if you would like to order some.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Bamboo Treatment Machine Video

Posted on | August 18, 2012 | Comments Off

Here is a youtube video of our treatment machine in process.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Rammed Earth

Posted on | June 26, 2012 | Comments Off

The first bamboo and rammed house in Kathmandu is complete!

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Rammed Earth House

Posted on | June 26, 2012 | Comments Off

Complete!

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Rammed Earth

Posted on | June 26, 2012 | Comments Off

Another rammed earth house in the making in Kathmandu. This time we are going two stories! It celebrates beautiful rato and pahelo mato of Kathmandu. The process is getting mechanized and things are getting more and more efficient. In order to streamline the process, we have used modern formwork and machines. Not far from today, rammed earth and bamboo will be a mainstream material in Nepal. The structures follows New Zealand building code for seismic resistance. There have been lots of inputs from national and international expert on seismic safety. Other features of the house are that all the rooms are designed for passive solar heating, it has open plan design, second floor has high insulated but light weight bamboo walls for thermal and acoustic insulation, water harvesting, solarium etc. Congratulations to Narayan dai and Naomi for this wise decision to make the house out of good ol’ dirt.

More details later

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Mud Spa at The Dwarikas Hotel

Posted on | May 31, 2012 | Comments Off

Natural materials  have started to come back with as a modern construction material. Some do it for aesthetic reasons and some  being truly environmentally conscious. Whatever the reason be, we are happy that earth and bamboo is getting back its lost dignity are getting popular both in high end and middle class society. Hotels, resorts and spas are incorporating these materials to give authentic Nepali ambience to their guests who come here in search of solitude to retire from their crowded and concrete lifestyle. Abari’s effort to promote these materials has reached to a new level of achievement. We are now rendering mud in 10 spa buildings  at The Dwarikas , one of the best and most expensive hotels of Nepal.  The total area of the spa is 9368 sq ft. The Dwarikas is opening its spa botique resort in Dhulikhel about 25 kms East from Kathmandu.  The major structures are made out of environmentally friendly materials like stone, lime, mud and bamboo and has tried to reuse other materials like wood, slate and bricks wherever possible. Our wish is to make these materials popular and affordable at household levels and not just limit it  to hotels and resorts.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Life School Centre

Posted on | February 4, 2012 | Comments Off


Our first project in Nepal is finally up and running. There were many delays due to political reasons but now its a vibrant site with natural architecture, permaculture farm, eco-sanitation and livelihood development trainings. Please visit www.lifeschoolcentre.org for more information.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend

Cheer up a school

Posted on | January 7, 2012 | Comments Off

We are running a campaign in Nepal to refurbish old government schools built with large grey concrete blocks with beautiful rendering, nice bamboo furniture, warm lighting so that the place becomes very playful and child friendly. We are currently prototyping some furnitures for the classroom. It is an interdisciplinary effort as cheering up a school requires more than adding some infrastructure. We need help and good wishes from all of you. If you are interested in being part of the project please drop us an email.

Email This Post to a Friend Email This Post to a Friend keep looking »

RSS Feed

    RSS

Search

Resources

Press

Galleries

Categories

Archives

Links