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Herat, 2011 Afghanistan

OBJECT: School
LOCATION: Herat, Afghanistan
PROJECT: Mario Cutuli
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CLIENT: Fondazione Cutuli Onlus....
DATE: 2010-2011
SIZE: 2.000 m2
STATUS: Realized
Built in honour of Italian journalist Maria Grazia Cutuli, murdered in Afghanistan in 2001, this school represents an alternative approach to emergency school design for war-torn areas. Like a small village, the complex is intended to resemble an unplanned juxtaposing of elements enclosed by a boundary wall. It accommodates eight classrooms, various staff accommodation, a double-height library and a garden which acts as a ‘green classroom’. Built of reinforced concrete with brick cladding, the structures are painted rather than rendered, to save costs. The walls’ range of blue tones reflects the ‘lapis lazuli’ pigment used on local pottery, while window frames are in contrasting red.