CHROFI and McGregor Coxall Propose a Woodland Cemetery Without Headstones

14:00 - 27 May, 2016
CHROFI and McGregor Coxall Propose a Woodland Cemetery Without Headstones, Courtesy of CHROFI
Courtesy of CHROFI

CHROFI and McGregor Coxall have designed Acadia Remembrance Sanctuary as a “bushland cemetery for a secular society.” The architects are proposing a burial ground located in the idyllic setting of a conservation woodland area on the outskirts of Sydney. The project calls for natural graves without headstones, instead opting for GPS technology to find the resting sites of loved ones. The tactic shifts the emphasis of cemeteries from the manicured appearances of individual plots and headstones to the retention and protection of the bush ecology. The proposed cemetery is situated on 10.1 hectares (25 acres) of parkland with a 400 square meter (4,500 square foot) building located at its center. 

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Napur Architect Designs a Bowed Building for the Ethnography Museum in Budapest

12:00 - 23 May, 2016
Napur Architect Designs a Bowed Building for the Ethnography Museum in Budapest, Courtesy of Napur Architect
Courtesy of Napur Architect

Napur Architect has won the competition to design a new building for the Museum of Ethnography in Budapest. On a site bordering Ötvenhatosok Square and adjacent to City Park, the building is one part of the Liget Budapest Project, aimed at renewing the civic space of the area with renovations to existing structures, rejuvenation of green spaces, and institutional additions. Besides the Ethnography Museum, City Park will be home to the House of Hungarian Music designed by Sou Fujimoto and a New National Gallery designed by SANAA.

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Gohar Khatoon Girls' School / Robert Hull + University of Washington

02:00 - 23 September, 2015
Gohar Khatoon Girls' School / Robert Hull + University of Washington, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan
  • Design Team

    Yasaman Esmaili, Christopher Garland, David Miller, FAIA
  • Lead Architect and Designer

    Robert Hull, FAIA, in collaboration with the University of Washington, Department of Architecture
  • Area

    1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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View All 1,070 Entries for UNESCO’s Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition Online

11:50 - 18 March, 2015
View All 1,070 Entries for UNESCO’s Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition Online, Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO
Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO

Last month the UNESCO office in Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, announced the winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center. An Argentina-based team, led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero, was selected from 1,070 design entries from teams in 117 different countries. Now, all of these submissions will be posted in an online gallery on the Bamiyan Culture Centre website for the next three months. “The competition achieved beyond expectation and contributed to portray a new and positive image of the culture sector in Afghanistan. This exhibition aims to showcase the extraordinary effort that the architectural community and each and every applicant put into this competition,” writes UNESCO.

With generous financial aid from the Republic of Korea, the culture center will be built on land adjacent to the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan World Heritage property. The center aims to promote art, history, music and community interaction. When evaluating the submissions the seven-member jury focused on “design principles emphasizing innovation, community needs, environmental consciousness, sustainability, and connection to the natural and cultural landscape of the Bamiyan Valley.”

Read on after the break for a round-up of images from some of the most interesting, unusual and unique proposals. You can search by ID number, Team Leader or Country to view the full project board with descriptions, renders and plans on the online gallery

BCC2947 Team Leaders: Lorenzo Baldini, Omar Baldin; United Kingdom, UK. Image Courtesy of UNESCO BCC2445 Team Leaders: Jinhee Park, John Hong; USA. Image Courtesy of UNESCO BCC1692 Team Leaders: Jérôme Chiarodo, Julien Gougeat; France. Image Courtesy of UNESCO BCC2031 Team Leader: Gilbert Berthold, MArch; Austria. Image Courtesy of UNESCO +16

UNESCO Reveals Winning Scheme For The Bamiyan Cultural Centre In Afghanistan

05:00 - 19 February, 2015
UNESCO Reveals Winning Scheme For The Bamiyan Cultural Centre In Afghanistan, Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO
Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO

, in collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, have announced the winning proposal for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre. An Argentina-based team, lead by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero, were selected from 1,070 design entries from 117 countries. Prepatory work on implementing their scheme, entitled Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence, "will start immediately" close to the boundaries of the Bamiyan World Heritage site.

See the winning entry and the four runners-up after the break.

Runner Up [4]: Entrance View. Image Courtesy of UNESCO Runner Up [2]: Performance Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO Runner Up [1]: Interior Perspective. Image Courtesy of UNESCO Runner Up [3]: Elevation. Image Courtesy of UNESCO +26

National Museum of Afghanistan / Line and Space

15:00 - 15 November, 2012
© Line and Space
© Line and Space

Tucson, Arizona firm Line and Space recently shared with us their competition proposal for the new National Museum of Afghanistan developed over the summer of 2012. Inspired by the basin and range geology of Kabul and incredible archaeology, the design features architecture that is derived from Afghan soil by means of stone clad conical elements rising from the landscape that are evocative of an atypical approach to the standard museum typology.  Designed to provide a dramatic yet serene and secure place for visitors to learn about the country’s amazing and complex history, the various strategies employed by Line and Space offer up some interesting concepts that celebrate the incredible treasures housed within. More details after the break.

National Museum of Afghanistan Competition Entry / Matteo Cainer Architects

11:00 - 27 October, 2012
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Courtesy of Matteo Cainer Architects

The construction of the National Museum of Afghanistan aims to celebrate the richness of the country’s cultural heritage and the spirit of its people. The “Timeless Cube” design proposal by Matteo Cainer Architects awakens the nation’s cultural heritage through powerful symbolic references, where physical fragments and traces inform us of its past. This concept is well illustrated in the ‘negative spaces’ of the artist and sculptor Rachel Whiteread that highlight the memory of an object, rendering the invisible visible through a reversal of solid and void. More images and architects’ description after the break.

National Museum of Afghanistan Proposal / Paul Preissner Architects

23:00 - 13 August, 2012
Courtesy of Paul Preissner Architects
Courtesy of Paul Preissner Architects

The proposal for the National Museum of Afghanistan by Paul Preissner Architects reconsiders the method of the museum, which is dedicated to collections of historic artifacts and archeological evidence of past cultural moments. By allowing for the collection to be endlessly linear, and removing the separations between items in an era, eras in a past, and pasts within a culture, the museum incorporates a significant number of breakthroughs. The architects do so in terms of the architectural design, the notion of a cultural campus and the design thinking on curatorial endeavors, to revolutionize the way a museum works today. More images and architects’ description after the break.

National Museum of Afghanistan / TheeAe LTD

11:00 - 4 August, 2012
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Courtesy of TheeAe LTD

The design concept for the National Museum of Afghanistan is centered around the Afghanistan flowered arch. TheeAe LTD finds this design opportunity as a way to bring the lost heritage back to the present. The major concern for the architecture was not only about the collections but also emotional realm of space that requires a place to give a rest and the joy of the nature in its heritage safe and secured. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School / 2A+P/A + IaN+ + MaO

01:00 - 4 June, 2012
Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School / 2A+P/A + IaN+ + MaO, Courtesy of  ian+
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Herat, Afghanistan
  • Architects

    2A+P/A, Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo; IaN+ - Carmelo Baglivo, Luca Galofaro, Stefania Manna; Ma0 - Massimo Ciuffini, Ketty Di Tardo, Alberto Iacovoni, Luca La Torre with Architect Mario Cutuli
  • Collaborators

    2A+P/A - Valeria Bartolacci, Antonino Crea, Domenica Fiorini, Maxim Mangold, Valentina Morelli, Consuelo Nunez Ciuffa; IaN+: Juliette Dubroca, Simone Lapenta; Ma0: Manfredi Mazziotta, Mario Cutuli, Marco Bordone
  • Structures

    Studio Croci Associati Ing. Federico Croci
  • Site Area

    2,000 sqm
  • School Area

    650 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

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National Museum of Afghanistan Competition / S.E.E. | office for architecture and design

07:00 - 11 March, 2012
Courtesy of S.E.E. | office for architecture and design
Courtesy of S.E.E. | office for architecture and design

On behalf of the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC), representing the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and supported by the Government of the U.S. and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, S.E.E. | office for architecture and design is pleased to announce and promote the International Architectural Ideas Competition (IAIC_NMA) for the new National Museum of Afghanistan.

The competition is a one stage ideas competition to generate design proposals, which are due no later than June 6th, for an architectural master plan and detailed building design for the site of the National Museum of Afghanistan. More information on the competition after the break.