Concept Design for Bamiyan cultural center by fala atelier

Simple volumes reflect the world.

Project Specs

非常感谢 Fala Atelier 予gooood分享以下内容。更多关于他们: Fala Atelier on gooood 。
Appreciation towards Fala Atelier for providing the following description:

巴米扬文化中心竞赛方案在过去有为大家介绍过,这次为大家介绍来自fala atelier的竞赛方案。


The project for the Bamiyan cultural center represents an exceptional opportunity to establish a space dedicated to culture and arts in the Afghan landscape. Taking this as a starting point, our project is in equal measure a design for a building and the conception of a universe; an entity both extremely unique and extremely diverse. As such, it shall become a platform that allows exchanges between the different cultural, educational and recreational activities envisioned. A resilient and democratic building, highly exible but never fragile.

001 BCC4149-1


002 101_website_I_3




The project avoids attempting to invent ‘new forms or typologies’, focusing on the presence to familiar ideas.

A simple but monumental brick wall de nes the perimeter of the building, cutting an elegant silhouette on top of the cliff, similar to the ones of the local vernacular architecture, only standing out by its exceptional proportions and openings. Once inside the wall, a courtyard serves both as symbolical heart of the building and as a mean to create a strong link with the gardens. In the same axis as the entrance, one nds a monumental opening to the view of the Buddha Cliff. The two lateral sides accommodate the entrances to the various programs.

004 01_website_I_2

005 101_website_I_8


Constructing democracy

Past the entrances, the richness and complexity of the project are revealed. The roofs are made of dyed concrete slabs supported by a majestic concrete structure and cut to allow for generous skylights. The separations between programs are made of common gypsum drywalls which can be modi ed according to the future needs of the cultural centre. Because of the lower height of those white drywalls, all three main elements of the project remain always visible from the inside (perimeter wall, concrete structures and white drywalls). The experience of the interior spaces is therefore mostly de ned by the dynamic interplay between those elements.

003 101_website_I_4

007 BCC4149-3


This spatial and constructive system aims to be transparent and understandable to anyone. All of its elements are whole and visible, but they still work together to establish a harmonious construction, far beyond its physical appearence. Each visitor is offered the perception of a democratic universe of programs, all under the same roof, all under the same light.

006 101_website_I_9

006 101_website_I_10

006 101_website_I_11

006 101_website_I_12

008 BCC4149-2

MORE:  fala atelier,更多关于他们: Fala Atelier on gooood 。

Click to contact with the designer/author

Post a Comment