Spirit of the Ottoman Garden, EXPO 2019 Beijing
Client Pera Event, Istanbul
The concept of the garden is inspired by the traditional Islamic-Ottoman gardens of the Tulip period (18th Century). The garden is divided into four parts as following the Chahar Bagh or ‘Four Gardens’ Islamic quadrilateral garden layout based on the four gardens of Paradise mentioned in the Qur’an. It spans 2000m2 .
One of the best examples of the Tulip period of Turkish Rococo architecture, the fountain of Ahmed III which is located at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, is replicated in the design to represent one of the most important historical landmarks of this period. Traditional water features ‘Cesme’, carved stone fountains ‘Sebil’ and water rills have been proposed to create a cooling function within the space. The garden features large plane trees for shade, cypress trees that symbolize death and fruit trees in the garden symbolize life.