Bamiyan Cultural Center
Bamiyan Cultural Center (Competition project)
Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan
«Chiza Architectural Bureau»
«UNESCO World Heritage Centre»
Agharzayev C. Jabiyev Z. Heydarzadeh F.
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Since long the common design features of the architecture for many regions of the Near and Middle East were related to the climatic conditions. The design methods of buildings with patio were developed in the architecture long ago. Our concept is a synthesis of an old design and a new one which is applied in the modern architecture. Selecting a site on the territory granted within the frames of the contest, and placing the buildings of maximum height of 7,35 m. at the level of 2550,50, we took a house with a patio (you can meet buildings of a similar design in most of the countries of the Near and Middle East such as madrasahs, mausoleums) as a basis and developed a new plan on that territory (scheme 1).
The structure of the building is - concrete, the overhead cover - are truss spans. The building is tiled with raw stone and ornamented with some wooden inlays.
Café for 40 people is located in the patio in the center of the building. It enables people to relax and have rest in the shade of the building in hot days. Usage of the eastern arches on the facades complies with the trends of eastern architecture. Our aim was to create a building not only in the eastern style but at the same time a building with modern equipment within the amount allocated for the construction. In our concept we tried to use bio resources such as:
1) Solar batteries are arranged so that they are able to absorb more sunlight;(scheme 2)
2) To reduce energy consumption for the interior lighting ceilings and halls are provided with illuminators with natural light;
3) The building is provided with the downspouts for collecting rainwater for technical needs.
The performance hall is lighted up by natural light, but when necessary, it may be transformed into a “black box” as it has blinds on the windows. The hall has also special places for the invalids.
As there is a rather great difference in the level of two sites, the park area with the staircase and the elevator that are integral parts of the concept ,links the Cultural Center with the territory for future 1000 square meters building expansion.
For the greater efficiency of the expansion zone it is provided with the additional entrance. Such park recreation makes it possible to walk, rest on the benches and enjoy the view of the beautiful valley lying below.
The parking zone will house 30 cars (as it was in contest assignment). We also added a parking site for the disabled and a parking site for 50 bicycles.
Our concept doesn't involve great changes in the relief; on the contrary, it makes possible to preserve it and to create conductive atmosphere for the visitors and the staff of the Cultural Center in Bamiyan.