Client: Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture / US State Department
Architect: S.E.E Office for Architecture & Design
Status: Masterplan / International competition
The new National Museum of Afghanistan will be a landmark for both Kabul and for the country whose ancient heritage has lead to its description as the ‘Crossroads of the Ages’. The Museum will be a world-class facility providing a home for approximately 100,000 objects, the majority of which have been excavated from Afghanistan.
Engenuiti was appointed as part of selected group of specialist professionals to develop the RFP competition documentation and to be a part of the prestigious jury judging the international competition in New York.
This competition attracted the interest from architects, urban planners and designers from more than one hundred and forty countries after its official announcement in March 2012. Three hundred and forty eight firms from sixty three nations of the relevant fields applied to participate in the competition. Through a prequalification process one hundred and twenty five of the applying firms from forty seven nations were admitted to elaborate their architectural design ideas. By the deadline in June 2012, seventy two eligible design proposals from thirty one countries had been received and subsequently evaluated by the appointed Jury.
The Jury’s decision for the winning design submissions is based on the clarity of the architectural concept that responds effectively to the programmatic, functional, technical, economic and security requirements in the brief, and the architectural quality of the proposed design as a whole. This decision ultimately recognizes the distinguished architectural quality of the winning proposed design solution with the first prize given to AV62 Arquitectos.