The project houses training programmes in education, trades and medical and disability services for Afghan refugee communities in the North West Frontier province of Pakistan. Construction of the training centre was intended to provide employment for the refugees, and on-the job training in skills.
The ground floor of the complex is occupied by the medical training centre and hospital whilst the first floor houses class rooms and dormitories for students. A module of load-bearing, cement-stabilised brick measuring 4m x 8m is the basis of the construction. This module is simply repeated as required to attain the required surface, be it a simple classroom space or a treatment ward. The simplicity of the construction allowed the refugees themselves to gradually take control of the works. Externally, brick arches are the dominant feature, in an honest expression of the construction materials, and offer shade to the verandahs, which serve as circulation spaces.1
- 1. Source: 1992 Technical Review Summary, Aga Khan Trust for Culture