Bamiyan Cultural Centre

Run by UNESCO, this competition was for a 2000m2 cultural centre in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Once home to 60m high Buddha statues, carved into the cliffs of the Hindu Kush mountains, the Bamiyan Valley was part of the Silk Road and an outpost of Buddhism and trade. The Buddha Statues and a series of monk’s hermitages, decorated with oil-painted frescoes on the walls and ceilings of caves carved into the sandstone cliffs, were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.