Architecture BRIO + fUSE StudioSize -
academic, studios, lecture halls, auditorium, library, canteen, students centre, dormitories, sports centreClient -
Sikkim Forest Department
The Sikkimese have great respect their astounishingly beautiful and diverse environment. To set an example on how economic growth and an increase of tourism can take place in a harmonic relation with nature, the government has embarked on a series of human resource and building projects.
fUSE Studio and Architecture BRIO have been appointed via an international tender to design the Biodiversity Training Institute of Sikkim. The Biodiverity Training Institute is located near Sikkim's capital Gangtok, placed on a slope it faces world third highest mountain, the Kanchenjunga. Spaces like training halls, workshop space, conference auditorium, library, research labs and residential facilities will face this wonderful view. It will become a place for education on Himalayan flora and fauna and an example of environmentally friendly building design. The design of the building is compact with a small footprint and makes use of solar energy, local vegetation and wind. The thermal mass of the walls will be used to moderate fluctuations in the indoor temperature. Local materials like rammed earth and natural stone are chosen to increase the thermal accumulating qualities of walls and floors. The divers vegetation of Sikkim will become an integral part of the building through moss grown stone walls and a vegetated herbal roof with local plants. It is a meeting place to educate through the exchange of knowledge, and to inspire an example of the Sikkimese 'green mission'.