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Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Afghanistan : Building

New Education Architecture in Asia – design by various architects

3 May 2013

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School Building

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Herat, Afghanistan, Asia

Location: Afghanistan

Design: various architects

The Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School building has been shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013.

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Afghanistan
picture © AKAA / Nazes Afroz

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.

Primary School in Herat Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School Herat Building
images © AKAA / Maria Grazia Cutuli Foundation

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.

Primary School in Herat, Afghanistan Primary School Afghanistan Building Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School Building in Afghanistan
pictures © AKAA / Nazes Afroz

Primary School in Herat : Building Information

Award Cycle: 2011-2013 Cycle
Status: Shortlisted
Location: Herat, Afghanistan
Client: Maria Grazia Cutuli Foundation
Architect: 2A+P/A, IaN+, Mario Cutuli, ma0/emmeazero, Rome, Italy
Design: 2010
Size: Ground floor area: 650 m² – Total site area: 2000 m²
Completed: 2011

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Herat, Afghanistan

Herat is the third-largest city of Afghanistan. It has a population of about 436,300, and serves as the capital of Herat Province, situated in the fertile valley of the Hari River. It is linked with Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif via Highway 1 or the ring road. It is further linked to the city of Mashhad in neighboring Iran through the border town of Islam Qala, and to Turkmenistan through the border town of Torghundi, both about 100 km (62 mi) away.