The Plinth - The Bamiyan Cultural Centre (2015)

Team: Laertis Antonios Ando Vassiliou, Pantelis Kampouropoulos, Terpsichori Latsi, Harris Heizanoglou

The Plinth is OPA’s submission for the recent architectural competition organised by UNESCO and the Korean government, asking for a cultural centre located in the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan, opposite the huge Buddha statues that have been demolished by the Taliban and currently are being re-built. This definition and character of the plinth shaped the idea of our proposed cultural centre for the Bamiyan Valley. The shape of the ground-scraping building is rectangular with large openings framing the views to the valley and the Buddha Cliff.

It is a subtle and feasible architecture, which aims to not radically alter its surroundings.