A team of enthusiasts have been gathered by Lobzang Punchok Shamshu to bring the Nimmu House project to life.
The core team:
Lobzang is Ladakhi, director of a trekking agency in Leh, and already has two hotel projects under his belt, with his wife Tinless: the Deskit Villa, located in the village of Sankar 10 minutes from Leh and Tsermang Eco Camp located at the edge of the River Indus near Leh.
Namgyal and the Nangso family, the owners of Nimmu House. The family now lives a few steps from the house, and is actively involved in the project. Namgyal, the oldest son of the family, especially loves receiving guests and helps them discover his village and the surrounding hiking paths.
Bindu, a French of Indian origin, is responsible for the hotel. In love with Ladakh, Bindu has divided his time between Ladakh in the summer as a manager of a trekking agency and French ski resorts in the winter, responsible for reservations and customers for a 4 **** hotel.
Bogadhi, a young Indian architect and a specialist in sustainable and traditional architecture, is both the architect and master of the project. When not in Nimmu, Bogadhi travels across India to explore different traditional and sustainable building techniques.
Ann Dolma, a tibetologist is the ‘chief guest’ of Nimmu House. When Ann resides in Nimmu she researches on the Nangso family, and traditional craft techniques. If by chance you encounter Ann during your stay in Nimmu, it will be a lot of fun to share her passion for Ladakh and the Tibetan world. Ann met several times with His Holiness, The Dalaï Lama, when she was writing about the tibetan women.
Anne Feenstra, a Dutch architect and teacher, and winner of the 2012 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, has worked with Rem Koolhaas and William Alsop before creating a foundation for sustainable architecture in Kabul, New Delhi and Kathmandu. Anne and her team Platform Arch I have shared their expertise for the project during the initial phase.
Emeline Grasset, a French designer based in India for a decade and co-founder of the Indian pop kitsch brand ‘Purple Jungle’ is in charge of planning the interior designs of Nimmu House.
Alexandre Beuan and Jeremy Grasset, lovers of Ladakh based for 10 years in India, are managing a travel agency called Shanti Travel, which customizes treks. They are supporting the project in terms of communication and marketing.
Many ‘friends’ of Nimmu House are involved in the project: Yvonne Merkt, architect, Nelly Rieuf, founder of the Museum of Matho monastery situated in the valley of the Indus, the architects of Loti, who are renovating the old town of Leh Sonam Wangchuk, founder of SECMOL, educational project and sustainable development in Ladakh, and let us not forget the workers and villagers of Nimmu without whom this project would not have existed.