The design of the Diwan is inspired by the principles and rich history of Islamic Moghul gardens, while introducing a contemporary program within a public context. Situated along a principal axis of the Aga Khan Garden, at the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens (inaugurated in 2018), the Diwan Pavilion completes the offering of the Garden, creating a versatile event space, and platform for the enjoyment of landscape.
The pavilion responds to its rich settings as an integrated destination for the overall garden experience, and establishes views back to the key garden elements, at ground level as well as from an elevated roof terrace that offers elevated views of the extended Botanic Gardens.
As a year-round facility, it will welcome visitors with amenities for a variety of social, cultural, and educational gatherings. Use of materials and of geometric pattern echoes their usage in the Gardens, and evoke an otherworldly presence, while the overall construct remains cognizant of its context and adjacency to a Northern Alberta spruce and pine forest.
The design team (A2K) is a collaboration of 3 firms:
AXIA Design Associates, Toronto
Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., Edmonton
ARRIZ + CO, Toronto