THF is concerned with developing a new architecture for the Tibetan and Himalayan regions that is sustainable and meets contemporary needs and tastes with traditional forms and materials.

In the case of residential buildings, we have considerable experience in adapting traditional buildings to new facilities, especially running water and electricity, to improve the lives of people without replacing their vernacular environment and way of life

The local wisdom of traditional craftsmanship has an immense potential to build neo-vernacular architecture. We aim to integrate local craftsmanship and construction materials with modern concepts of design, to create a neo-vernacular architecture which is environmentally friendly, has better insulation properties and continues building traditions consistent with the cultural identity and natural constraints of the region.

We seek alternatives to the profusion of uniform concrete structures, which have “modern” conveniences but are not convivial for occupants or suited to the natural environment. Buildings and urban settlements work best for residents at human scale and in keeping with the historic building traditions of communities. We also design infrastructure and public spaces that adapt contemporary needs to the local context.

Design projects include the Central Asian Museum in Leh, the Trans-Himalayan Research Library in Leh, Ladakhi Kitchen Museum, Leh, village clinics and school rooms, and more exhibition space and museums elsewhere.

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