Bhutanese Architecture: Vernacular and Sustainable

BY SONAM TOGBAY
Jan 14, 2011

As the Buddhist kingdom ushers in a new era of development, it faces the challenge of keeping its traditional architecture sustainable, beautiful and sacred.

Of course going by the norms and by-laws of our City Corporations, there are so many restrictions on architects even trying to change the facade design of our architecture. It might restrict the innovation of architects, but there can always be more fascinating and beautiful ways to cross the river if not by a bridge. It can evolve, though, in a way it doesn’t deviate from the way it is and it upholds the same value and uniqueness. It’s a challenge to keep our traditional architecture sustainable, beautiful and sacred.

 

This post was originally published on And there’s more to life in December 2010.