Lehrerin und Schüler im Innenraum mit der Ladakh Minimum School in Indien.

Protective school

Ladakh Minimum School

It will be a building for everyone, for use as a school and for the community of Ladakh, a village in the far north of India. All rooms are arranged around the centre to strengthen the sense of community. By using double windows, the southern façade is designed to be open, maximising solar energy gain. The northern façade is built using thick clay bricks, which retain the heat inside the house and store it. The roof construction reinforces this effect and directs as much light as possible into the central space. Clay, stone and wood are the determining, locally available building materials, joined together in a composition, the design of which is equally simple and convincing. Each material is a response to the local forces of nature. The stone base protects the building against flooding, the clay bricks keep out the cold and the timber construction is earthquake-proof.

Das Gebäude und der Garten der Ladakh Minimum School in Indien.
Innenraum der Ladakh Minimum School mit dem Blick auf die Berge in Indien..
  • Project type

    New construction

  • Purpose


  • GFA

    570 m²

  • Project status

    Planning stage
    completed 2021

  • Period


  • Procurement

    Feasibility study

  • Service phases

    1 – 2 (HOAI)

  • Project team

    Susanne Boss
    Jennifer Reufels
    Daniel Spievak