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.
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 [...]
NEPALI WOMEN HELP REVIVE A DISAPPEARING ARCHITECTURAL ART FORM
By: Mokha master artists Shanti Chaudhari and Khedni Chaudhari, Rotary Club of Itahari Past-President Ramesh Tamraker and Canadian architect Stanley Britton
Tharu is the indigenous culture of the Terai plains east of the Koshi River between the Himalaya foothills and Nepal’s southeast border with India. Many families [...]
The work in Janakpur had stalled for various political reasons, one being kidnapping of our overseer. Well! That all seem pretty normal these days. Anyways, the villagers put all their effort to resume the work. It just heartbreaking to see, how much love and effort people have put into this project. We not only see [...]
Here is a dome the Nepali way. The mortar and plaster is rendered with bajra which includes pozzolanic material like burnt brick pigments mixed with sand and lime in 1:3:1 ratio. Bajra was very wide spread in the earlier times and it was probably brought to Nepal by Rana’s when they were building big palaces [...]
Bamboo is a pretty versatile and a dynamic material, which works pretty well with most of the modern and traditional materials; whether it is mud, cement, steel or even plastic. Here is an example of a homeless shelter situated on the Bagmati riverbank in the eastern kathmandu.
Here is a simple yet elegant bamboo connection as seen in Sukumbasi area. Bamboo strips are weaved together; the tension within hold them together. There is no need of nails or screws.
This is an example from a house in Panauti, the inner wall is adobe and the outer wall is kiln burnt bricks. Interesting thing about this areas is the use of red mud mortar. Red mud (Rato Mato), in the other parts of the country, is used as plaster but here it is used as [...]