Earthen Schoo Tipu Sultan Merkez, Jar Maulwi, Pakistan

  • A new school project consist of eight classrooms constructed from earth and bamboo to be implemented in two building phases
  • Two floors: heavy earth cube on ground floor and light bamboo structure on top floor
  • Earthquake and flood-resistant design
  • Continued development of local building traditions, e.g. 'cobwork'
  • Increased durability via a moisture-resistant foundation, horizontal barrier and protection against pests
  • Cooperation with local architects
  • Implementation with local craftsmen who have been trained in the enhanced building techniques

Contractor, project sponsor
Tipu Sultan Merkez (TSM)

VEBS – Verein für Entwicklung, Bildung und Selbsthilfe e.V.
'Micro-Project-Scheme' of the German Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan

Planning period 

Construction phase I 

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Structural Engineer, Earth Building Consultancy
Ziegert | Seiler Ingenieure

Holcim Awards GOLD 2011 Asia Pacific and others


Phaidon Atlas: Earthen School Tipu Sultan Merkez

Gauzin-Müller, D.: École Tipu Sultan Merkez, in: Architecture en Terre D'Aujourd'Hui, les grand ateliers, Museo/CraTerre, 2016, ISBN 978-2-37375-009-6

Fundatia Arhitextdesign: Scoala de pamant Tipu Sultan Merkz, published in: arhitext, Edition 03+04/2016, P. 70–73

'In a class of its own – schools worldwide'
Participation with Earthen School Tipu Sultan Merkez
from 5th February to 6th April 2015, ifa Gallery Berlin
from 31st October 2014 to 18th January 2015, ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Exhibition catalogue: Klasse Schule – So baut die Welt (ISBN 978-3-92197065-2)

van Uffelen, C.: Bamboo Architecture & Design, Braun Publishing, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-03768-182-4

'Machen! – Die Deutschen Gewinner der Holcim Awards 2011/2012'
13 July – 30 August 2012, Aedes am Pfefferberg

Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction (Ed.): MACHEN! Die deutschen Gewinner der Holcim Awards 2011/2012, Ruby Press, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3981343670

Edward Schwarz, Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction  (Ed.): Third Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2011/2012, Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Zürich 2012, ISBN 978-3-7266-0094-5

'architecture of necessity' 
05th June – 12th August 2013, Viserum Art Museum, Sweden

Baunetzwoche Nr. 267 'Mit Lehm und Bambus'

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