Our design comes from the study of Hinduism in Nepal and the translation of their spiritual space. We hope that we can offer not only a comfortable shelter for the disaster-stricken people, but also the mental rebirth in the process of the reconstruction of their homes.
By gathering the waste and human resources after the earthquake, we designed a self-building mode to help the local people to build their homes by themselves with the guidance of volunteers. The deserted masonry can be filled into tyres to create the bases of the building without the destruction of sites which is also helpful for preventing damages by earthquake. The fast-growing and low-cost bamboo materials can be used as the main structure of the building to lower the weight and cost of it. Also, the excelllent stress tolerance of bamboo can cope with the aftershocks in the area, to ensure the safety of the people.
The building group consists of 12 units surrounding in a circle and arranges religion or public activities in the center area. Several groups form a senior group with the center of traditional temples in Nepal. In the units, layouts can be adjusted to residence, medical care or education according to the demand of the people.
The cost of one building group is around 600RMB per square meter, and it could be lowered based on the utilization of the waste. At the same time, the fabrication of bamboo and recycling works can also boost the income of the local people in the future.