Bamiyan Cultural Centre gets under way; Hannah McGivern; Art Newspaper


Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

Building at Unesco World Heritage site in Afghanistan, where the Taliban destroyed the monumental ancient Buddhas, due to open to the public in summer 2018.

A cultural centre at the Unesco World Heritage site in Afghanistan where the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas is due to open to the public in summer 2018. Construction began in September on the 2,450 sq. m building by the Argentinian firm M2R Arquitectos, which beat more than 1,000 other entrants in an international design competition. Formed by a “system of negative spaces” carved into the ground, the complex will house two galleries dedicated to Afghan archaeology, a performance hall and a tea-house. The South Korean government is funding the $2.5m project, while the Afghan ministry of urban development and housing has pledged $1.5m to create a garden.

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