indian arch students rebuild destroyed schoolhouse in chhoprak, nepal
indian arch students rebuild destroyed schoolhouse in chhoprak, nepal indian arch students rebuild destroyed schoolhouse in chhoprak, nepal
sep 24, 2015

indian arch students rebuild destroyed schoolhouse in chhoprak, nepal

the rebuilding of a school in chhoprak, gorkha, nepal was carried out by two graduting architecture students from the birla institute of technology, mesra — dipon bose and samya ghatak, along with a freelance architect based in delhi, rishabh sharma. following the devastating earthquakes in nepal, a rebuilding effort was mobilized to erect structures before the monsoon season hit in full force. as time went on, in rural areas especially, temporary and makeshift tents became commonplace, housing everything from shops to schools.

schoolhouse reconstruction mero ghar chhoprak nepal designboom
all images and architectural drawings © dipon bose, samya ghatak and rishabh sharma



the educational centre’s program is focused specifically on the shree sarbodaya lower secondary school in the remote himalayan village of chhoprak, in the gorkha district of nepal. funding and volunteer support was provided by kathmandu based NGO, rescue gorkha. two structures were erected; one completely new and the other a reconstruction of the original schoolhouse destroyed during the earthquakes.

mud plaster interior



with support from locals and students, four classrooms of the existing structure were rebuilt as well as another full building. this time with steel elements to provide added support should another disaster strike. other materials were largely sourced from the immediate vicinity. the land is densely populated with building quality bamboo, and was used with stones from fallen buildings. construction finished in mid july after six weeks of hard work, and now stands proudly as one of the first permanently rebuilt structures in the rural community.

schoolhouse reconstruction mero ghar chhoprak nepal designboom
children recommencing regular classes

site plan

rebuilt plan

new wing plan

schoolhouse reconstruction mero ghar chhoprak nepal designboom
rebuilt wing section

new wing section

elevation of rebuilt wing

insulation panel and tie beam details

schoolhouse reconstruction mero ghar chhoprak nepal designboom
construction stages



project info:


area: 230m2
construction phase: june – july 2015
design team: dipon bose, samya ghatak, rishabh sharma
advisory team: parag rawool, tanya pahwa
volunteer support: rescue gorkha, kathmandu, nepal



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

  • Nice, very nice work!

    nando says:
  • What about noise between classrooms. How was this dealt with?
    Great design otherwise

    Robin says:
  • The noise control has been done by putting insulating foam sandwiched between split bamboo till lintel level and thereafter thatch mats were used till ridge of the truss

    Dipon says:
  • Well done ! How much did it cost, work and materials ?

    Fridrik says:
  • It cost approximate 3888 USD (4 lakhs Nepalese Rupee)

    Dipon says:

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