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Nature of project: survey of a courtyard house in the central Barkor area of Lhasa

Client: Tibet Heritage Fund

Date: 2000

Kampa house
Roof view from Kampa house shows Meru-Nyingba Monastery and Jokhang Temple in the background of Himalayas. The roof of a house across the street is being repaired by a group of women. They are going to be pounding a special clayey substance - Arga - on top of the roof structure for several days. Well pounded Arga is creating an impervious roof surface. For more information on traditional Tibetan building technology please see THF website and website asianart .
west -street- elevation
west -street- elevation

north -street- elevation
north -street- elevation
There is a composting toilet behind the window on the first floor.
Ground floor door serves for taking out the compost.
ground floor plan
ground floor plan
a street entrance, b staircase, c courtyard, well d kitchen, e living, f compost
first floor plan
first floor plan
g landing, h courtyard void, i bedroom, j bedroom, k lobby, l composting toilet
longitudinal courtyard section, south elevation
longitudinal courtyard section, south elevation

longitudinal courtyard section, north elevation
longitudinal courtyard section, north elevation

cross section through entrance hall and composting toilet
cross section through entrance hall and composting toilet


       Kampa house is a fine example of traditional Tibetan courtyard town house. It is nestled deep within the labyrinthine alleyways and whitewashed walls of the old (Barkor) neighborhood at the heart of the old city of Lhasa, south-east of the famed Jokhang Temple and Meru Nyingba Monastery.


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