Pilkington Switzerland Has Sponsored An Innovative Students' Community Centre In Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Institute of Technology in Zurich, to mark its 150th anniversary. The aim of the project was to make a long-term investment in a developing country, to encourage the international exchange of knowledge.

The competition was won by a trio of young architects - Ivica Brnic from Bosnia-Herzogovina, Wolfgang Rossbauer from Germany and Florian Graf from Switzerland - with the support of Pilkington Switzerland, which has supplied 80 Pilkington Insulight™ double-glazed units for the building.

The tower-shaped community centre has been built from local materials at relatuvely low cost, and contains a library, a computer suite, a small cafeteria and three study rooms.

To withstand the region's extremes of temperature, with low relative humidity and long hours of sunlight, the building employs a double-skinned system with clay brick cladding and a reinforced concrete interior layer. Photovoltaic cells on the roof provide electricity for the building, and power a small water pump.

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Date: 5 February 2007
Source: Pilkington

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