Bamiyan Cultural Centre

Competition proposal for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

The Bamiyan Cultural Centre will not be an iconic building, but rather an iconic place: As a community campus it represents the importance of Bamiyans cultural identity, history, and future.

The design will provide a destination and more importantly the infrastructure for flexible growth with facilities and spaces to enrich community life, education and historic preservation. Putting image aside, the Centres architecture is framework for growth as were the Buddha cliffs for the caves.

Our proposal represents the countrys rich heritage and enriches community life through the sharing and development of new ideas, drawing on the local vernacular to provide gathering spaces, workshops and studios, classrooms, exhibitions spaces, a performance hall, a research centre and a library, as well as terraced landscaping and gardens.

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