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Third Place, Afghanistan

Architect:Mario Cutuli, Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo

Project:Maria Grazia Cutuli School

The result of a primary school stands as an outpost, a small cobalt blue fortress’,12km from Herat, on a
dry landscape where only few constructions come out from a flat and dusty territory, as enclosed islands
surrounded by border protection walls. An innovative educational space in alternative to those models
related to the afterwar reconstruction emergencies has been one of the key points of the project, as well as
the design of the outside space as a ‘green classroom’ and the use of local technologies and construction
materials, as a way to make the school part of the local culture and landscape more than an imposed
object. The layout is able to match functional needs and evocative spaces.

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