Rumtek Monastry, New Delhi

Location: New Delhi
Site Area: 1.5 Acres

There is an undeniable dichotomy within the urban fabric of New Delhi, as its rich heritage coexists with the chaotic, unplanned development of the city. Rumtek Monastery, also known as the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, is an oasis of calm and serenity in such a context, and was built for his Holiness, the Dalai Lama in 1990. Inspired by the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim which was built almost entirely in timber and stone, we recreated the Tibetan architectural vocabulary in brick and concrete, being more suited to the climate of the capital city.

In order to replicate the intricate, traditional architectural features of the original Rumtek Monastery, around 50 highly skilled local craftsmen from Sikkim were engaged, giving them an opportunity to showcase their workmanship and thereby empowering them. This project placed special focus on sustainability, as natural dyes and pigments were used to paint the building. The main block of this institution has a large prayer hall, classrooms, meditation rooms and a library.

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