|Bamiyan Cultural Center 巴米扬文化中心竞赛|
Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition,Bamiyan,Afghanistan
"I just wanted to live with my family in one place and go to school. I have dreams, but I also want a peaceful life."
Recalled Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan Tajik women's rights activist and politician who ran for the Afghan presidential elections in 2014. The war forced her to flee from her normal life, and for many Afghans, the war has taken away their homes and left them lost, displaced, and struggling with the departure from their traditional religious beliefs and culture.
Therefore, constructing a cultural center in present-day Afghanistan must not only meet basic functional needs but also respond to the spiritual needs of the local people through a space that inspires and uplifts. The project aims to create such a space, including a "Memory Space" that represents the past, a "Living Space" that represents the present, and a "Dream Space" that represents a better future.
By taking advantage of the site's existing high-low terrain condition, the site is divided into "Past" and "Future." The main building is hidden in the middle of the site's high-low border. Visitors entering from the south side (the high side of the site) will pass through a "Memory Sand-battlefield" filled with gravel, stand on the entrance platform, and look out over the green treetops of the "Future" hope scene, thus embarking on a journey from the past to the future.
The building consists of three parts: Memory Space, Living Space, and Dream Space, which run through the entire site and are connected by a passage that traverses the past and the future. Through this passage, the building showcases the transition from darkness to light, from light to color, from color to openness, and we hope that the new Bamiyan Cultural Center will not only be a place for people to gather, communicate and celebrate, but also a place for healing wounds and soothing souls.
This project is not just about creating a physical structure but also about responding to the needs of the local people and providing them with a space that inspires and uplifts.