A sustainable school to practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is often defined as the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. Architecture can certainly help achieve this state of self awareness. At the Druk White Lotus School, located in Ladakh, Northern India, solid granite blocks, timber, and mud bricks, all sourced locally, were combined in an intelligent, sustainable manner to create a teaching and learning environment for a Tibetan Buddhist community. Mud bricks and stone provide excellent insulation and hence comfort for the occupants, and the wooden structural beams connect the new buildings to the Tibetan culture. The school is also equipped with solar panels to reduce energy costs and help prepare for future needs. Architects at Arup Associates designed the School.



Project name

Druk White Lotus School, India (2001-2015)


Arup Architecture

Origin of company

United Kingdom