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Gazebo for eastern France inspired by Lahore’s Naulakha Pavilion

This gazebo concept was proposed in 2004 for the garden of Chalet Corbeau in the town of Echenevex in the Pay du Gex region of France, near Geneva. The concept was inspired by Lahore’s Naulakha Pavilion which is photographed above. However, viewed in terms of the Canadian aesthetics of the both the clients and the designer, the curve of Naulakhha, originally inspired by Rajasthani court architecture, can be seen as an inverted canoe that has been used for shelter for a much longer period than the existence of the Rajput courts.

Today the Pavilion is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and an icon in contemporary Pakistani architecture as described below.

on Naulakha Pavilion from Wikipedia
Architect:     Wazir Khan
Civil engineer:     Abd al-Karim
“When the pavilion was built in 1633 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a small summer house, it cost around 900,000 rupees, an exorbitant amount at the time. It is called Naulakha because in Urdu language, the word means ‘worth 9 lakhs rupees’. This also brought the word Naulakha into common use to signify something precious.
The Lahore Fort was built in 1566 under the rule of Mughal emperor Akbar the Great on the location of an earlier mud-fort. The solid brick masonry complex was later extended and modified by subsequent emperors. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was a romantic man who constructed Taj Mahal in Agra and after that this master piece in Lahore was built in 1633 as a small summer house, it cost around 900,000 rupees, an exorbitant amount at the time. Naulakha Pavilion is among the buildings that were erected or reconstructed between 1628 and 1634 under Shah Jahan’s rule. Due to his personal interest in the design and construction, Shah Jahan’s architectural traditions manifest distinctive symmetry and hierarchical accents. Naulakha Pavilion is part of the Shah Burj block in the northwest section of the fort that was actually built by his predecessor Jahangir.”