The Ministry of Information and Culture and the US Embassy in Kabul have awarded first prize to Spanish firm AV62 Arquitectos in a competition to design the new National Museum of Afghanistan.
The jury commented: “The strength of this design proposal rests on the balance that has been achieved between the architectural form and the presentation of the collections that will be housed in the proposed new museum building.
“This has been achieved by an exterior appearance that is distinctive yet understated and which responds to the local context, along with a coherent scheme of interior spatial articulation that takes into account the nature of the materials that might be displayed.”
It continued: “Moreover, the design is a relatively simple building solution that is both affordable and realistic to construct with the materials and skills locally available – this design will enable the collection to be safely stored as soon as possible.
“The clear and simple circulation concept, along with a degree of modularity, results in an efficient spatial arrangement for staff and operations that also provides a degree of flexibility in responding to changing needs and variation of displays.”