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Village Development Sunderpur / assignment / 2012 - 2020 / Sunderpur, Bihar, India


Design and Building Project

Felix Ganzer

Iris Nöbauer

Sebastian Vilanek

Jomo Zeil


Village Study

Marcus Brückner

Felix Ganzer

Corinna König

Iris Nöbauer

Sebastian Vilanek

Jomo Zeil


Consultation of the Design

Prof. Roland Gnaiger

Clemens Quirin

Michael Zinner



Little Flower, Claudia Vilanek



Nominated for Terra Award 2016






PHOOLNA development

Phoolna is the Hindi word for "to flourish"


With this motto 4 students of architecture from Linz have started a project for vilage development in the leprosy settlement "Little Flower" (Sunderpur).




Project Background

In February 2012 a group of students of architecture from the University of Art and Design Linz has travelled to Sunderpur, Biahr in Inda, to realise a village analysis. Building structures, dwelling forms and social spaces have been observed. An important part was to talk with the residents, to learn about the actual problems and to discuss possibilities of development.

In a first short-time project it was possible to realise some bathhouses together with people from the village.


The village Sunderpur has its origin in a small project to treat leprosy. It has been founded in 1981. Over the time the number of habitants has risen to 700 persons. Thanks to improved medical treatment the number of leprosy-patients could be reduced continuously.

Today the village consists of a heterogeneous conglomerate of dwellings, schools, a hospital, a boarding school, a mosque, a hindi temple, a church, a cow barn with dairy and a silk weaving mill.

These structures are limiting the development of the village. Buildings that are losing their use, are abandoned and not reused. New concepts for use and reuse, as well as a restoration and an expansion of the building stock are required.


At the moment the village experiences a big change. The old political structures are changing and the younger generation is searching for new ways of development. Together with Kabita Bhattarai (head of the project since August 2011) reformations are taking place, step by step. While the village has been financed since 1983 only through donations and foreign financing, the future is to become more independent.

„We want to stand on our own feet, even if we have no feet.“ – Pater Christadas (founder and former head of Little Flower)


Back to Austria the students have worked out a villag development plan and concrete designs for a new weaving mill, a new building yard, a complex for dairying, apartments for teachers and plans for restructuring existing dwellings.

By using local traditional materials (earth and bamboo) and applying simple methods of construction, it is possible to reach a high local adding value.


In October 2012 the same students started to realise as a first step the teacher`s appartments. Good education is very important in Sunderpur and that requires good teachers. The village is just attractive for indian teachers, if good apartments are available.


Actual state of the village

LittleFlower Masterplan Ist Zustand


possible village development

Little Flower Masterplan


recent development of the project littleflower-india.org
Description of the initiative Little Flower - www.littleflower.at