RBA have recently contributed to the UNESCO Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition. The competition looked to provide a cultural and learning space in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bamiyan Valley, home to the recently conserved Bamiyan Buddhas amongst sites of both Buddhist and Islamic significance.

Above: Main pedestrian entry and site grounds

The complex orientates itself across the valley toward the Buddha Cliff, and offers an accessible fortified landscaped path and forecourt on-toward a cultural complex which interprets and remarks upon the associative significance of Bamiyan, its landscape and the surrounding world heritage sites. The complex facilitates an exhange of multi-cultural within a series of spaces through the interpretation of tradition characters of indigeneous Islamic and Buddhist architecture providing an enriched interaction with visitors and the local community.

Top: Vehicular entry from South, overlooking Bamiyan Buddha Cliff.Bottom: Vantage from tea house, directly engaging with Bamiyan Buddha Cliff.

The building form and site is derived from a human scale 1200mm modular grid, synonymous to a prayer module in Islamic mosque design, and provides gallery and performance space, room for educative and scientific purposes, amongst courtyard and reflective spaces. The complex makes use of local building technique and materiality, owing strongly to the earthy mediums of pressed-mud render and sandstone masonry, concrete and timber joinery, meeting the local vernacular and appropriating an efficient outcome for climatice and structural requirements.

The online entry can be viewed at http://bamiyanculturalcentre.org/exhibition/bcc2078/

31 January 2015

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