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Bamiyan Cultural Center

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The past fragmented culture has shaped the concept of the project, which represents the explosion in reverse. The particles of this fragmentation have been rearranged in a way to construct a complex which is totally new.

The project symbolically depicts the origination of a mass which did not exist before, from the context of ruins and because of its unfinished and flexible shape it freely provides the chance to be expanded and developed, based on the future necessities.

This architectural form is introducing the present, highlighting the torn past and unshaped future.  

Cultural heritage:

The cultural heritage can represent a nation’s achievements during the years, while their absence is a symbol of traumatic events which have ruined the cultural identity. In a country with valuable historical background, like Afghanistan, the conservation of fractured cultural heritage can play a vital role in restoration of the national identity, and passing it through generations.

Fragmentation of culture:

While some of the cultural factors are still tangible in Afghanistan, a considerable amount has been destroyed over the last few decades, owing to different crises, influencing the afghan country dramatically. The explosion of the giant Buddha could be regarded as an illustration of this catastrophic destruction, which has happened in every corner of this country.

Defragmentation of culture: 

It would not be obtainable and even desirable to rebuild the vanished cultural figures. Nonetheless, it is feasible to revitalize the civil identity by rearranging the traditional elements and cultural remnants. The Rebirth of culture could promote a positive cross-cultural discourse and to act as the beginning of an evolutionary social alteration.  

Cultural reformation towards future:

Cultural reformation is considered as an answer to the needs of today’s afghan people with an excellent promotional prospect. To build a positive future, establishing the nation’s present status in the world is as important as analyzing their history. Therefore, creating an ideal house for cultural, educational and social activities could be a great context for achieving a thorough perception of Afghan nation.

The space quality approach:

The traditional concept of an educational space mostly reaches further than the common idea of standard classrooms. The majority of these spaces have a strong connection with the outdoor. These minimal equipped rooms, referred to as Maktab, act rather as a shelter in an open space. In this project, it has been considered to keep this tight interaction between educational zone and the open landscape, with the aim of following Afghans own footsteps and providing the possibility of extending these free-design strategies in future.

This approach can be seen in other spaces in the project, namely exhibition area, tea house and performance hall, which have great interaction with outdoor space.

Bamiyan Cultural Center

The past fragmented culture has shaped the concept of the project, which represents the explosion in reverse. The particles of this fragmentation have been rearranged in a way to construct a complex which is totally new.

The project symbolically depicts the origination of a mass which did not exist before, from the context of ruins and because of its unfinished and flexible shape it freely provides the chance to be expanded and developed, based on the future necessities.

This architectural form is introducing the present, highlighting the torn past and unshaped future.  

Cultural heritage:

The cultural heritage can represent a nation’s achievements during the years, while their absence is a symbol of traumatic events which have ruined the cultural identity. In a country with valuable historical background, like Afghanistan, the conservation of fractured cultural heritage can play a vital role in restoration of the national identity, and passing it through generations.

Fragmentation of culture:

While some of the cultural factors are still tangible in Afghanistan, a considerable amount has been destroyed over the last few decades, owing to different crises, influencing the afghan country dramatically. The explosion of the giant Buddha could be regarded as an illustration of this catastrophic destruction, which has happened in every corner of this country.

Defragmentation of culture: 

It would not be obtainable and even desirable to rebuild the vanished cultural figures. Nonetheless, it is feasible to revitalize the civil identity by rearranging the traditional elements and cultural remnants. The Rebirth of culture could promote a positive cross-cultural discourse and to act as the beginning of an evolutionary social alteration.  

Cultural reformation towards future:

Cultural reformation is considered as an answer to the needs of today’s afghan people with an excellent promotional prospect. To build a positive future, establishing the nation’s present status in the world is as important as analyzing their history. Therefore, creating an ideal house for cultural, educational and social activities could be a great context for achieving a thorough perception of Afghan nation.

The space quality approach:

The traditional concept of an educational space mostly reaches further than the common idea of standard classrooms. The majority of these spaces have a strong connection with the outdoor. These minimal equipped rooms, referred to as Maktab, act rather as a shelter in an open space. In this project, it has been considered to keep this tight interaction between educational zone and the open landscape, with the aim of following Afghans own footsteps and providing the possibility of extending these free-design strategies in future.

This approach can be seen in other spaces in the project, namely exhibition area, tea house and performance hall, which have great interaction with outdoor space.