Rennovation of WANLA TEMPLE in Ladakh
05/2008 – 01/2009

Over the centuries several attempts have been made to seal the roof against water with the aid of new, additional layers of loam. This has led to massive overloading of the structure, that is evidenced particularly clearly by the wide cracks in the masonry.
The thickness of the roof at the front (entrance side next to the latern) was reduced by 43 cm and, at the same time, a drain was installed on two sides.
In 2008 the roof surface above the main recess will be refurbished. The existing roof with up to 1 metre thickness will be removed. The new roof construction will be based on a split aluminium lightweight construction. The original inner ceiling will be suspended from spring-born bars. The second beam will support the next external roof independent from the inner roof. In order to prevent leakage full double-layer formwork insulation will be inserted between the new timber construction and the new clay roof. This solution has the advantage of separating the two levels (different stress distortion) and will not be visible after completion.

structural design and realisation by
Wolfgang Heusgen, Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Roland Pabel, Dipl.-Ing. Architekt

sponsored by
Austrian cargo
Himalayan Frontiers Adventures