UNESCO COMPETITION CULTURAL CENTER, BAMIYAN

Bāmyān / Afghanistan

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The architecture of the new Bamiyan cultural center reflects both connection to the environment and local cultural principles. The design also represents a specific interpretation of the historical context of the World Heritage property together with local landscape. Inner spaces are drawn following organic shapes containing the different functions: Kakrak Valley caves inspired inner tridimensional geometry of the Center while the shape of the Ancient Buddha’s robe inspired the tridimensional roof.
The Center is characterized by a peculiar wide span wooden ceiling and modular façade grids: they represent the main structural elements of an historical Kharga.
The proposal provides state of the art facilities for exhibition space, conference and performance hall, workshop studios, research and administrative offices, library. The building sits at the edge of a cliff and it is mainly surrounded by uncultivated ground. Design challenge is to provide peculiar spaces for the new functions within a one level system covered by a natural roof while the curving glass of the facade helps the building to recede visually. A full-height atrium forms the focus of the building. It links the different levels visually, creating a feeling of spaciousness. Natural lighting is used to dramatic effect the exhibition space, hall classrooms and offices.

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    The architecture of the new Bamiyan cultural center reflects both connection to the environment and local cultural principles. The design also represents a specific interpretation of the historical context of the World Heritage property together with local landscape. Inner spaces are drawn following organic shapes containing the different functions: Kakrak Valley caves inspired inner tridimensional geometry of the Center while the shape of the Ancient Buddha’s robe inspired the...

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    • Status Unrealised proposals
    • Type Multi-purpose Cultural Centres / Art Galleries
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