2015 Earthquake Reconstruction: Nepal’s Largest Library Back to Life!

Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya is home to a large number of archives related to Nepali literature and culture

2015 Earthquake Reconstruction: Nepal’s Largest Library Back to Life!

In a major step preserving rich Nepali culture and literature, a local firm has rebuilt a significant structure damaged in the 2015 earthquake.

Called as ‘Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya’, the library building is home to the country’s largest archive of historic Nepali books and various age-old documents with rarely-available information on Nepali literature.

ABARI, the builder, has given the magnificent architecture its due respect by designing it in complete bamboo style in the vernacular structure reflecting the local tradition, using the site’s original foundation that survived the earthquake along with some of its historic bricks.

“The old surely set the foundation for the new in this case,” says Nripal Adhikary, ABARI Founder & Chief Designer.

 “We have been able to identify a few districts in Nepal ideal for growing and producing bamboo suitable for construction, and, over the past five years, have been working with farmers’ cooperatives to build a network of bamboo producers, eventually buying back from them,” Nripal adds.

The construction was so interesting that the builders made it earthquake-resilient with bamboo and rammed earth materials.

Nepal Bamboo Library

November 12, 2018 |

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