Druk White Lotus School in Shey, Ladakh, India

This remarkable school is located in the Himalayas.

The school was started at the request of the people of Ladakh who wanted a school that would help maintain their rich cultural traditions, based on Tibetan Buddhism, while equipping their children for a life in the 21st century.

The masterplan and school buildings, designed by architects and engineers from Arup and Ove Arup & Partners, combine local building techniques and materials with leading edge environmental design to make them effective in the extreme climate.

The 1st phase of the garden competition by the children was to create gardens using the plants that are usually used, but these and the methods used are not necessarily sustainable and require substantial amounts of water in this dry region.


The 2nd phase of this competition is for students to create ‘sustainable’ gardens.