The architectural design of the Royal Academy is steeped in Bhutan’s history and culture. The Academy’s main academic, research, and administrative block will be housed in a Dzong perched on a hillock overseeing Paro valley. Dzongs are fortresses that have served as a center for governance and spirituality in Bhutan since the 17th Century. Dzongs also serve as the main venue for local festivals and bring together the whole community. Similarly, the Dzong at the Academy will be multi-functional and bring together all the different components of the school. It will represent the deep cultural purpose of Dzongs in Bhutan and propagate values tied to Bhutanese history, culture, and heritage.
Surrounding the Dzong are all the infrastructural facilities required to make the Academy a fully functional and outstanding educational institution. These facilities include housing for students and faculty, athletic grounds and gymnasiums, outdoor amphitheaters, and multi-purpose halls and spaces. The placement of a Dzong as the heart of the architectural design of the Academy signifies efforts leading towards the realization of the Academy’s vision to provide a learning environment that is deeply embedded in Bhutanese history, values, and culture yet at the same time promotes a forward global outlook.
Sustainable Campus Design:
Buddhism teaches us to be compassionate to all living beings. In keeping with this spirit, the Royal Academy’s infrastructure design will take all necessary steps to conserve the local ecology and keep the campus green and sustainable. Maximum considerations will be taken to make the campus a fully energy and resource efficient campus. This would also mean making sensible choices in deciding on structural systems, construction methods, fenestration systems, and finishing materials that are efficient and economical in use. In addition, conservation of ecology starting with preservation of trees that exist on site to planting of relevant native species to create a micro-climate would be considered to conserve the local ecology.
The Royal Academy recognises that many of its students, visitors and staff have individual needs when using the school and facilities. As part of the ongoing commitment to the delivery of an inclusive educational service, we will endeavour to ensure that the design and all facilities at the Royal Academy will be universally accessible so that all students will receive the same standard of education.