Maria Grazia Cutuli School, Afghanistan (02/01/2017)

Third Place in 2A Asia Architecture Award - Istanbul 2015 - Category: Public

Maria Grazia Cutuli School
Injil district, Herat, Afghanistan

Mario Cutuli, Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo
Year: 2011
Firm: 2A+P/A, IaN+, ma0 and Mario Cutuli
Firm Location: Italy
Design Team:
2A+P/A: Matteo Costanzo, Gianfranco Bombaci
Mario Cutuli
IaN+: Carmelo Baglivo, Luca Galofaro, Stefania Manna
ma0: Ketti Di Tardo, Alberto Jacovoni Luca La Torre

The result of a primary school stands as an outpost, a small cobalt blue fortress’,12km from Herat, on a dry landscape where only few constructions come out from a flat and dusty territory, as enclosed islands surrounded by border protection walls. An innovative educational space in alternative to those models related to the afterwar reconstruction emergencies has been one of the key points of the project, as well as the design of the outside space as a ‘green classroom’ and the use of local technologies and construction materials, as a way to make the school part of the local culture and landscape more than an imposed object. The layout is able to match functional needs and evocative spaces.