New monks’ building about to become a reality

With the erection of the new monks’ building, Nalanda’s Master Plan (2010-2025) will enter into a new phase this autumn. Architect Martijn Prins explains the progress of the Master Plan.

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“The first project of the Master Plan was the infrastructure and landscaping project. In the beginning of 2012 we worked on:

- a new meandering road;
- ecological waste water treatment through plants
   (reed bed filter);
- a rainwater collection system;
- a complete infrastructure for the existing and future buildings;
- a new lake to comply with fire safety regulations;
- landscaping and planting of trees to create a beautiful garden.

In September 2012 we started the foundation of the new monks’ building. By the end of the year, we had finished the foundation and the ground floor - including the floor insulation, pipe work, and the drainage system. Since the end of 2012 the building has been on hold as we were looking for donations to start the second phase of the building.

Now, we are able to start the second phase, which is called the water-proof phase. This phase includes the doors, windows, roof, plastering the facade and wood-cladding. The monks’ building will have 18 rooms, including 4 double rooms and 1 room for physically disabled people. The second floor will have 4 rooms and a big covered terrace.

The building will be constructed with natural materials. The wood of the cladding will be crafted from the cedar trees we needed to be cut to make room for the construction of the building. The building style is influenced by the layout of the large monastic universities in India, which have an external walkway.

Environmental responsibility is an essential part of the Buddhist path. As a result, Nalanda’s Master Plan aims at creating as much self-sufficiency as possible regarding electricity, water management and heating, as well as having a minimal impact on the surrounding area. Power to provide the buildings with hot water and heating will be created through the central wood boiler, and solar panels in summer. The building designs are created to take maximum advantage of natural light and heat.

After the second phase has been finished around May 2015, we hope to have sufficient funding to continue directly with the third and last phase. This phase will be accomplished with the help of companies as well as the work of residents of the monastery.

This third phase encompasses:

- inside doors     EUR 8.000
- acoustics ceiling, walls and floors     EUR 150.000
- bathroom tiling and fixtures     EUR 60.000
- fire alarms     EUR 7.500
- bathroom furniture     EUR 5.000    
- painting     EUR 10.000
- electricity works     EUR 80.000
- flooring     EUR 23.000
- terraces outside     EUR 20.000
- landscaping and paths around the building     EUR15.000
- furniture     EUR 22.000 (about EUR 1.000 per room)



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