DesignBuild: Students Building in Kabul, 2003

Function: Education
Client: Soria Girls-School, Ministry of Education
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Year: 2003

2003, 26 Students from the Technische Universität Berlin and 25 Students from the Kabul University built together a library and a multifunctional room for the Soria Highschool in Kabul. It was embedded in a master plan developed by the German students that was executed parallel by local workers under the direction of the GiZ/ AGEF in Kabul.
Section of the entrance buildings

The Soria High School is a Girls school and was completely destroyed by the civil war. When we arrived, the girls where taught in two shifts, two classes a time in tents from the UNO.

After the projects was finished, coloured school pavilions and the two extra facilities used as Library and Teachers Assembly-Room where occupied.

After we left Kabul in October 2003, the school pavilions as well as the final works on the entrance pavilions where completed by the German development agency GTZ and Afghan craftsman and form now the new school compound. As the school was was painted in bright colours, the school is named now the coloured school in Kabul. The pavilions are well maintained and the differentiated spaces well used.

Revue 2005 damage at the attic
We could not control the finishing of the roof of the library and teachers room. As a consequence, some mistakes regarding the impermeability where made. Water filters through the stones that cover the attic and is damaging the light-weight clay insulation and the plaster.

Siteplan of the whole school, the school pavilions were built by the GIZ/ AGEF, the designbuild project realized two of the entrance pavilions (red) the green buildings are the first reconstructed classroom buildings, realized by the GIZ
FG Prof. Rainer Mertes + FG Prof. Dr. Klaus Rückert -TU Berlin, the University of Kabul, Consultant BGS/dmp, GiZ, AGEF, KFW, DAAD amongst others.

Two classes where simultaneously taught in tents

Section of the entrance buildings