Award-winning project at “Dubai Architecture” Awards 2004 – In the sixties, the large screening room of ariana cinema was the place where afghans were able to see foreign ﬁlms. The reopening of the cinema necessitated a complete renovation of the 600-seats room partially destroyed by bombs, ﬁres, looted and vandalized during 27 years of war. Led by the ahmed chah massoud support association, this project was sponsored by numerous ﬁlmmakers including claude lelouch, danis tanovic, patrice chéreau and philippe torreton. It is a symbol of reawa-kening in the city of kabul. Our part was to reconstruct the cinema with particular attention to ensure that its architecture is in keeping with afghan esthetic practices. This place has become a scene of expression, meetings, concerts and competitions, with the recent transmission of the oscars from the afghan cinema. We managed the project to ensure that the construction was principally carried out by afghan companies. It was completed after 6 months of survey and 11 months of construction.