Located in the center of Mazar-i-Sharif, this project takes its queues from an awareness of the city’s urban fabric as a cultural expression–characterized by subtle spatial transitions. These transitions are manifested within the school grounds as a journey that unfolds through the way spaces are connected, and the opportunities to create beauty are exploited.
By using local earth-based materials such as brick, the buildings seemingly grow from the soil and are carved to produce a gradation of spaces reinforced by an interplay of light, and shadows. The project fully explores the potential of these materials to create structural continuity, control solar exposure, ventilation and to provide flexible outdoor spaces for classrooms and community-based activities. Thus, thresholds, screens, paths, shaded refuges–and the spaces between them–are woven into a pattern reminiscent of age-old expressions.