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Lawrence and Long narrowly miss out in Afghan museum contest

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Dublin-based practice Lawrence and Long Architects was among the top six entries in an international competition for the National Museum of Afghanistan that attracted 300 initial enquiries and 72 proposals

The architects hope to secure international work off the back of an honourable mention in the fiercely competitive contest for a museum in Afghanistan.

Lawrence and Long was given an honourable mention alongside two Italian companies, while Spanish practice, AV62 Arquitectos scooped first prize. Spanish and German practices secured second and third prizes.

Director Pierre Long told AJ Lawrence and Long was disappointed not to win the contest but hoped it would lead to work overseas.

‘It is very tough in Ireland at the moment,’ he said. ‘We look on a weekly basis at what work is available internationally but you have to be careful to pick the right scheme.

‘This brief was very good as was the site and we are interested in Arabic architecture. We hope this leads to other opportunities.’

Long said the standard of the competition was high.

’I was very impressed, it was very professionally run with good availability of information. It was more onerous than a lot of competitions in Ireland.’

The National Museum of Afghanistan will conserve and exhibit important examples of the nation’s culture and be used to educate local and international communities.

The competition was run in collaboration with the US government and the US embassy in Kabul.


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