MAY 17TH, 2019 - SUPERTECTURE IN MOZAMBIQUE
supertecture, greenhelmets and a representative of our students from the faculty of architecture in Augsburg are visiting the regions that have been most affected by wind and water from cyclone "Idai". Thousands of families in mozambique (considered to be among the world's less wealthy countries) have lost their homes in this heavy storm and it's following flood.
While searching a suitable community to start our reconstruction project we continue to plan and design a simple and affordable prototype house that can be build for many homeless victims of the storm.
Designed by Philipp, Angi and Nadine the window house is a public adventure-playground that welcomes you even when school is closed and that kindly offers you a slide towards home as soon as
school is over.
Please feel free to try it whenever you are in the mood of sliding (we are shure you all know this well-known desire...).
The building's structure is completely made from super strong "sal" hard wood. Sal is a rather expensive type of Nepalese wood but it is extremely resistant against weather and aggressive
The sal tree's strength probably comes from its close relation to the history of the religious father of Buddhism: "Siddharta". It is said that his mother "Queen Maya" gave born to "Buddha" under a sal tree and that he later even came to death while lying under such a tree.
Natural rock is a strong building material that always has been utilized in our himalaya mountain village.
Today people in Nepal prefere to use concrete and bricks troughout the entire country for their buildings but traditionally all houses in Dhoksan were constructed with earth and rock .
When we found rock and a lot of beautiful rocky roof slades in the ruins of so many collapsed buildings after the earthquake our supertecture engineer "Mick" decided to recycle his classroom from this left over materials.
A huge and strong net above the heads of teachers and students creates a second classroom floor and invites you to relax or play across every corner of the building. Our bamboo swing on the metall roof truss might be the student's perfect adventure for any break between one lesson and another.
Supertecture architect Tobi and engineer Vali have choosen the ancient Nepalese building material "clay" for their classroom in order to reinterpret a free, local and natural tradition that is not only environmental friendly but also highly attractive and causing a cozy athmosphere (due to the wall's memory capacity of temperature and humidity).
The mud-walls have been rammed in 5 different layers by utilizing reusable steel form work. In between each mud-layer we fixed a belt of prefabricated and reinforced concrete stones in order to secure our classroom against any eventual eartquake impact.
Our building's roof structure is made of local bamboo which we treated in the "bamboo treatment center" that we have been inaugrated earlier in the village: Old local bamboo (minimum age: 4-5 years) is deposed in a pool filled with borum salt water for one week. In a second step we treated our bamboo for 24 hours in a self made bamboo smoker to make it entirely resistant against any hungry termites.
To resist future earthquakes we equiped our brick house with traditional Nepalese seismic wood reinforcements: two "Sal"-wood belts in each wall are creating rigid building corners. The additional vertical bar is pressed to the inside of each class room corner in order to join different horizontal seismic belts in the walls.
Due to the generosity of all the people who supported this house with a donation of bricks, our class room is a true Nepale's monument of mercy. A special thanks goes to an unknown man from the town of "Thali". He absolutely wanted to donate a brick but he had none - so he donated 500 rupies. Dear mister "unknown": be sure your 500 rupies have been very well invested.
APRIL 2ND, 2019 - GRAND SCHOOL OPENING
supertecture and Patrizia Children Foundation proudly finished and inaugrated the himalaya school buildings in Dhoksan.
We want to heartly thank all our supporters and friends - especially the people and workers of Dhoksan and our wonderful team of young architects from Germany:
Elek, Tobi, Vali, Michi, Philipp, Nadine, Angi, Mattheo (Stefan), Schimolla (Simone), Leni, Paul, Dani, Annabella, Caro, Vronie, Lena, Stefan (2), Benny...
Dear children and teachers of the Shree Shila Devi School: we wish you a good start in your next academic year with many discoveries, joy, and comfort in your brand new adventure class rooms.
MARCH 19TH, 2019 - HANDOVER SECOND LODGE TEAM
A little sad but super-grateful we celebrate the departure of many friends who leave our Nepal lodge project after intensive months of passionate and creative work for our community. All our
ovations and deepest gratitude belong to you!
You have truely become a memorable part of our mountain village and we hope to see you all again very soon!
At the meantime the work on our lodge is not on hold but instantly handed over very smooth and gentle to our next team of young architects and ingeneers: Vronie (Regensburg), Lena (Munich), Stefan, (Kaufbeuren), Benny (Augsburg) and Danai (Ioannina, Greece).
MARCH 17TH, 2019 - NEPAL LODGE: COB CLAY CONSTRUCTION
Simone's first impressions of our first upcoming sleeping room for the community lodge - entirely hand shaped from earth and straw.
FEBRUARY 25th, 2019 - NEPAL LODGE: FANTASTIC PLASTIC
Our supertecture plastic-pioneer "Leni" is researching and producing recycled plastic tiles for a uncompareable bathing experience in Nepal's one and only community lodge.
For the bathroom's facade and all inner surfaces Leni and local volunteers will collect more than two tonnes of plastic-trash from the surrounding environment - a huge contribution to the cleanliness of Nepal's breathtaking nature.
FEBRUARY 15th, 2019 - WE ARE A CROWD!
Togehter we raised 15.885 € to finance the world's one and only 100% community lodge! We are soooo grateful to all you exiting supporters!
Thank you very much!
JANUARY 2ND, 2019 - START OF OUR CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN
We launched Crowd funding on startnext for our first community lodge project in Nepal.
Support us and become part of it!
NOVEMBER 25TH, 2018 - NEW HOME FOR TEAM SUPERTECTURE IN NEPAL
Thanks to the family of Mrs. Putali, a local farmer from Dhoksan village, our team in Nepal has got a new place to stay: a fifty years old traditional country-house made from rocks and soil.
With some other rocks from Putali's garden (remaining from the 2015 earthquake) and local earth from her cornfield we could built a pretty cozy extra living room now without purchasing any new material. It features the villages first fireplace with chimney (donated bricks), old windows for the obligatory himalaya-panoramic-sunrise-view and a beer-bottle-wall for atmospheric sunset-light.
NOVEMBER 15TH, 2018 - TEAM SUPERTECTURE ARRIVED IN NEPAL
Our five students arrived in Dhoksan and were welcomed in the traditional ceremony.
Thank you Dhoksan for a very nice welcome - We are ready to work!
NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 - PROJECT LAUNCH
In november a team of six architects is starting to build our first community lodge in Nepal's mountain-village Dhoksan. Each one of the six fantastic architects designs and builds a unique room (house) from either traditional, local, recycled or "earthquake"-materials. All rooms will be ensambled to create an dense architectural firework of typical and yet never-seen-before nepalese building approaches.
OCTOBER 2018 - POWER TO THE PEOPLE
This week we founded our first social and charitable hotel cooperative in Nepal. More than 600 residents of Dhoksan will own and manage the regions's most adventurous himalaya lodge. Special thanks goes to our close friends Shankar and Sukuman, who dedicate a piece of their grandfather's valuable potato-land in order to make this unique community-hotel-dream come true. Thank you!
We further warmly welcome Mr. Paban Waiba as the cooperative's first chairman. Let's make Dhoksan great again!
SUMMER 2018 - BUILDING START IN NEPAL
We are building four new class-rooms for the Shila Devi School in Dhoksan / Nepal.
Together with the school's parents, it's board, the "Patrizia Children Foundation" and students from Augsburg and Munich we came up with four individual designs for each and every single building. In love with Nepal's unlimited building materials (such as earthquake leftovers or the great number of natural ressources) our small school extension will become the region's biggest building material exposition.