COMMONstudio developed a building and landscape concepts for TAO, The Afghanistan Orphanage. TAO is a Salt Lake City based non-profit with the mission of building the largest orphanage in Khalakan, Afghanistan. The concept will be used for fund raising purposes but the hope is that the design will ultimately be built. The mission of the project is to develop an integrated, whole-system design that is responsive to the needs of displaced Afghan youth through building a community that can serve as an economic, educational, and environmental model for development in the surrounding region. The architecture is designed to use locally available materials in order to reduce the cost of construction and minimize dependency on imports and maximize community involvement.
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan