Client: Government of Afghanistan

Scope of Services

  • Facility Study
  • Programming
  • Concept design
  • Planning
  • Architecture
  • Visioning

Kabul, Afghanistan

The U.S. State Department and the Govt. of Afghanistan requested a concept to build a new National Museum for Afghanistan. This landmark structure covers about 300,000 sq. ft. on four floors and represents the culture and history of the country. One wing of the building contains the administrative and operational offices and the remaining space is devoted to galleries and a secure vault located in the lower basement for the preservation and storage of precious artifacts. Afghanistan has been devastated by three decades of conflict. The rich cultural heritage of the Afghan people needs to be displayed in a new national museum that would serve to unite the diverse peoples of the area. Our design promotes regional harmony and displays artifacts going back 3000 years. The building uses traditional materials and construction methods that have been used over the centuries. We felt it was essential to provide a sense of ownership to the local craftsmen and builders who would participate in creating this monumental structure.

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