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location:Bamiyan valley, Afghanistan
function:cultural centre
area:2 200 m2
status:competition proposal (2015)
team:Yevgen Bosenko, Olga Grychanok, Oleg Drozdov, Hanna Kosharna, Oleksandr Kuznetsov, Darya Kuznetsova, Vitaliy Pravik, Anastasiia Stryzhevska, Tymofii Ulanchenko, Oleksandra Urtiukova

The UNESCO-initiated competition pursued the goal of converting this place into a social accumulator accessible to every inhabitant of the Bamiyan valley, attractor for long awaited tourists and a venue for major events. We tried to solve this task with minimal resources and maximum artistic approach. Our design proposal for the building seeks to be understandable for its immediate users, the local people in the first place.



1. entrance garden
2. lawn garden
3. fruit garden
4. outdoor exhibition space
5. bridge garden
6. school garden
7. cape
8. amphitheatre
9. stage
10. fruit garden
11. pavillion


We also tried to make it rational and contemporary, as well as in keeping with the traditionally-rooted idea of space. Our proposal rests on three authentic local typologies: a qala, a madrasah and a palace gallery, facing the garden.



ground floor
1. lobby
2. reception
3. tea house
4. conference room
5. administration
6. kitchen
7. library
8. shop
9. exhibition space
10. collection storage
11. study rooms
12. lab
13. utility room
14. performance hall
15. musician performance room
16. workshop studio
17. classroom




The suggested cultural center provides a variety of spaces that can accommodate numerous functions. As far as the technology issue is concerned, the building itself is a combination of contemporary multifunctional spaces and vernacular construction techniques: fired bricks are used for the exterior cladding in order to withstand wind erosion, whereas the interior features traditional raw bricks.