The 'Buddhist Learning Center' is Built from Reused Materials

By: Joey Haar - Aug 15, 2016
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In Buddhism, material possessions are fleeting and inconsequential, so it makes sense that the new 'Buddhist Learning Center,' also known as 'Jetvana,' uses primarily recycled materials that includes rammed dust walls sourced from volcanic stone. Built by architecture firm Sameep Padora and Associates, the Buddhist Learning Center is located in a forest grove in rural India.

There are six buildings in the Jetvana complex, and the materials in all of them are reused. As mentioned, the walls are rammed basalt dust -- volcanic stone dust -- which was sourced from the leftovers of a local quarry. Further, the wood that makes up the roofs and rafters of the buildings is recycled from old fishing boats that have been retired in the area.