The project includes and promotes the theme of playing and kite flying as symbols of liberty and peace. The project is inspired by these symbols, and, more generally, by the material culture of Afghanistan, and by its cultural popular traditions.
The building of this project is designed of a circular-shaped perimeter (pedestrian ramps, and perimeter walls), which contains, in an open courtyard with steps, the project volumes.
The circular shape and the different views facing the valley towards the Buddha cliff, define a harmonious relationship between the new cultural centre, the cultural context and the landscape.
The creation of different panoramic views positively integrates the building and its envi-ronment and defines a truly vital centre in the valley.
The new cultural centre claims a positive role with the context thanks to the use of building materials influenced by tradition and by local building techniques.
It is planned to build load-bearing walls in mudbrick and to use roof beams, perimeter and interior walls and woodwork. In this way, the building suits its environmental and ecological context.
The project volumes, made of composing primary forms, aim at recalling and reinterpret the design of the historic architecture and the architectural heritage of Afghanistan.
The colors used in the project refer to the materials and places of the context. The project uses the same type of bricks and stones that have been used in historic buildings of the val-ley, integrating with the landscape.
All the designed spaces are easily accessible by people with disabilities and include ramps with minimal slope for the uneven terrain in the area.
Total Gross Area: 2220 sm
The exhibition space, of 675sm, equipped with a LED lighting system, is also illuminated by indirect natural light coming from the shed roof. It accommodates a permanent display and a flexible and adaptable space for temporary installations.
The exhibition space is directly connected to the reception and the other common areas; it is connected to the performance hall and the conference room; it has a direct access to the outdoor spaces and to an area intended for outdoor-placed installations.
The exhibition space has a public restroom for men, women, and disabled people, a tea-room of 80sm with 68 indoor and outdoor seating, and a retail store of 35sm for visitors.
Moreover, an 110sm space has been designed to accommodate art collections or as an area for preparing the halls for installations and temporary exhibitions.
The performance hall of 280sm, equipped with a LED lighting system, is also illuminated by indirect natural light coming from the shed roof. It accommodates about 200 people and it is a space suitable for hosting concerts, film screening and other public events.
It is equipped with dressing rooms for men and women and public toilets for women, men and disabled people.
The cover is completed by a series of sliding curtains that are able to provide, when neces-sary, the darkening of the room.
The lobby/reception of 130sm is situated close to the main entrance of the building; it is equipped of an area for security check, a wardrobe, and a restroom for men, women, and disabled people.
The reception is connected to the entrance of the exhibition space, the conference room, and the other spaces in the building.
The workshop space of 140sm is situated in an open space illuminated by windows lo-cated on the perimeter. It has restroom for men, women, and disabled people, movable partitions and three rehearsal rooms and studios for musicians.
The research centre of 195sm consists of an open space with movable internal partitions suitable to host ten researchers, a private office with two workstations, three studio rooms each of which is able to accommodate four people, and a restroom
for men, women, and disabled people.
Classrooms from 240sm contain 25 places for students and are equipped with bathrooms for men, women and disabled people.
The administrative offices of 130sm consist of 8 offices with three workstations, equipped with restrooms for men and women and a small kitchen.
The conference room, of 90sm, is equipped with 30 seats. Thanks to the movable parti-tions if necessary it can be divided into two separate rooms.
In addition, local technical plants have also been designed and arranged in the vicinity of the exhibition space, at an altitude of -4.50.
An area served by the driveway was also set up to load and unload the works of art and all the supplies needed for the building operations. The same area can also be used as easy ac-cess for people with disabilities.
The area is accessible by cars and pedestrians, both at an altitude of 0.00 (+ 2,555 northwest side - main entrance), and at an altitude of -4.50 (+2.551 northeast side driveway and service access), and at an altitude of -10.50 (+2.545 northeast side access, especially dedicated to pedestrians).
Boulevards decorated with trees leading to the building design the main entrance, which is located in front of the road. It can also host up to 30 cars. The area of the main entrance can also accommodate an eventual extension of 1000sm, in continuity with the building and with common access from the reception.
photovoltaic off grid system
The energy system proposed is based on a self-sustainable system that does not require additional network grid. Oil or gas generators, whose consumption will be reduced by at least 50%, by means of control software, support the production of electrical energy. The energy system consists of the following components: photovoltaic off grid system, BESS Battery energy storage system, Fuel Generators, Software control system.
The total electrical load is estimated to be about 25.5KW.
The energy production compensating the energy produced by the generators, is obtained by setting in place on the photovoltaic panels on the roofs and in the kites. They will have an area of about 2500sm and will produce approximately 1310 kWh per day.
By comparing the energy produced and energy used energy balance is almost achieved. It will also put in place a system of battery storage that will act as a flywheel during operating hours. The energy system will be completed by two generators of 160 kWp each.
The system will be totally controlled by software that will start and stop the generators in operation according to the electrical load and the availability of energy coming from photo-voltaic sources.
Attention will be given to all activities involving the use of water. The project is expected to use storage tanks for not sanitary operations and to us drinking water only when strictly necessary. If possible, the wastewater will be purified through phyto-purification and will be used for irrigating the green surrounding the cultural complex.