Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition
Client: The Afghan Ministry
Location: Bamiyan, Afghanisthan
Chawni Hill in Afghanistan has long lived with Bamiyan, its glorious past and tumultuous present. The site seeks to begin a new chapter and will be a witness to the celebration of history, art and culture. The centre has been designed to strategically award and deny the magnificent view of the Bamiyan Valley as they move through the space symbolizing their struggle between war and peace. The Unity Wall serves as the backbone of the structure that threads all the spaces together guiding our visitors from the entrance to the finale. It is emblematic of the spirit of unity that connects various groups, ethnicities, religions, cultures and histories. The centre finally opens to a large green space called the Freedom Park with the indeterminate sky acting as a metaphor for promise of the future. The Centre practices architecture in action and stresses on the "human" in both its form and function.It empowers the local community from the very start by providing training courses in innovative techniques in mud construction as a plug in to the traditional mud construction practices. We envision a centre built by the local people, for the people of Afghanistan, from the local soil.