Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition

Bamiyan Cultural Centre

Run by UNESCO, this competition was for a 2000m2 cultural centre in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Once home to 60m high Buddha statues, carved into the cliffs of the Hindu Kush mountains, the Bamiyan Valley was part of the Silk Road and an outpost of Buddhism and trade. The Buddha Statues and a series of monk’s hermitages, decorated with oil-painted frescoes on the walls and ceilings of caves carved into the sandstone cliffs were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

UNESCO’s management of the site has sought to raise the awareness of the reconstruction effort of these Buddha statues, and has recently attracted independent funding from the South Korean government to establish a cultural centre on a hill-top site on the other side of the valley from the now empty niches where the Buddhas once stood.

A collaboration with Kevin Liu.