Minimum School Ladakh

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The aim of the competition is to create a model sustainable school that creates a robust educational community in the remote desert of Ladakh, India. The school shall be built on the foundations of local culture and architecture with an aim to provide high quality modern education. The school should celebrate and enhance Ladakhi traditions and establish a holistic educational and academic community.

The idea of a minimum school is built on the pillars of adaptability, modularity, and sustainability. The school should be built using minimum resources, shall have a minimum energy footprint and create minimum disturbance to the context. The architectural aspect of the built form (volume, materiality and aesthetic features) should be (inspired from) the local vernacular building techniques. The school should possess the ability to sustain and support the fragile relationship between humans and natural ecosystems.

The school should cater to a small community and provide education to around 80-100 children from the vicinity. The age group can vary from kindergarten to 15 years with an aim to democratize education. Good architecture is price-less, not price-full. Architects should aim to maximize the aesthetic and efficiency potential of the minimum school and allow people to dream. It should liberate and uplift the people and make a powerful impact on the community.

Submission Requirements

Proposal to be presented on one landscape oriented A1 (841 x 594 mm) sheet in JPEG format, maximum file size 8MB. Proposal may be presented using any technique of your choice (sketches, diagrams, 3d visualizations, model photos, cad drawings, etc.)


1st Prize: 1200 EUR
2nd Prize: 800 EUR
3rd Prize: 500 EUR

The jury will also select 10 Editors’ Choices who will be featured on the competition website and several other international magazines and websites across the world. The winners and Editors’ Choices will be provided with an honorary certificate.