“A living museum of culture and art” and “a medieval societal experience” are a couple of expressions of scholars and avid travelers to describe Bhaktapur. One of the ancient towns of Nepal, Bhaktapur, was established by King Anand Deva in 889 AD. This cultural capital of Nepal is home to the medieval art and architecture of the Newa community. This town has been an epitome of sustainable practice from its inception. The very fabric of the societal structure to the everyday consuming behavior of the society is very sustainable. A small piece of ancestral land of the Pradhanang family has found its meaningful interpretation with the conceptualization of THAGU CHHEN. The Newar civilization has a rich aesthetic and cultural legacy.
A small piece of ancestral land of the Pradhanang family has found its meaningful interpretation with the conceptualization of THAGU CHHEN. The Newar civilization has a rich aesthetic and cultural legacy. THAGU CHHEN was established with the objective of supportingthe preservation of the traditional architecture and crafts of the Kathmandu Valley of the Newar Community with commercial viability.
Taking inspiration from the sustainability model of the Bhaktapur city, THAGU CHHEN has been designed with a theme of sustainability in design, implying the ideology of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” to its fullest. The sustainable features incorporated in the design are
- Local use of manpower
- Local construction materials
- Energy efficient light fixtures(LED and CFLs) only
- Solar heating system
- Rainwater harvesting
- Grey water recycling