The Diwan Pavilion / AXIA Design Associates + Arriz + Co. + Kasian Structure Inside Design & Planning
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The Diwan is a year-round pavilion and occasion house for the College of Alberta Botanic Gardens and the ultimate piece to finish the 4.8-hectare Aga Khan Backyard, Alberta. The location of the pavilion was designated within the authentic idea plan for the Backyard, inaugurated in 2018. Along with offering multi-use performance, the pavilion was to resonate with its wealthy environment and lengthen the themes of the Backyard, a up to date interpretation of Islamic panorama structure in a northern local weather and context. The pavilion was designed to enhance the spirit of the Backyard’s design, heritage, and expertise. The time period diwan has diverse historic definitions, and right here implies an area for assembly, cultural trade, and celebration.
The design staff’s analysis started with the underlying themes of the Chahar Bagh backyard typology generally utilized in Mughal gardens, a key supply of inspiration for the Aga Khan Backyard. The operate, scale, and detailing of the historic backyard, in addition to the pavilions inside them, had been a supply of inspiration, as had been broader traditions of Islamic constructing arts. Geometric patterns, surfaces, and screens are embedded all through the Diwan, and additional, enrich the customer expertise of the constructing and backyard. The design, massing, and materials choice are that of a up to date constructing that interprets conventional rules.
The Diwan is designated to be the College of Alberta Botanic Backyard’s solely year-round facility. It contains a big occasion house, servery, coat verify, washrooms, and common entry to the rooftop terrace, offering panoramic views again to the backyard. In making a facility for performances, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, or weddings, the architectural design ‘offsets’ a few of the symmetries of the Aga Khan Backyard whereas adhering to others, to steadiness the formal backyard context with the pavilion’s inner operate and deal with a well-serviced ‘public room’.
The Diwan has a robust but understated presence throughout the Backyard. Its horizontal kind hovers alongside the southern edges of the Backyard. A sizeable overhang supplies shade and shelter marking its entry and providing an uninterrupted view into the primary corridor and thru to the woodland forest past. It lies symmetrical to the Backyard’s north-south axis, appearing as its terminus and marking the backyard’s edge with the forest. The architectural kind was fastidiously thought of to combine with the size of the encircling backyard components in a seamless method.
The Diwan might be a beacon of gathering and mental interplay. It will likely be a house of the humanities and of celebration, in addition to a logo of wealthy heritage, custom, and cultural pluralism. It’s imbued with cultural sensitivity and historic legacy whereas remaining aware of its backyard settings, programmatic necessities, and the context of northern Alberta. Within the night, the Diwan will function a beacon, illuminated by a heat and welcoming lantern-like mild from inside.