GREATER IQBAL PARK
Sites International was selected to prepare the schematic landscape design for the park, home to historical buildings and burial grounds for several dignitaries. The design goal is to protect and promote the existing historic Mughall Gardens and revive the site to meet modern requirements.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Historic Cities Programme are involved in revitalization of the Walled City of Lahore, in Punjab, also known as the “Gardens of the Mughals” or “City of Gardens” after the rich heritage of Mughal Empire. The ‘Old City’ is located in northwestern section of Lahore with Greater Iqbal Park situated in its northern outskirts.
The design plans present a site wide concept for access, options for panoramic views of the ‘Old City’, pedestrian and vehicular circulation networks, food outlets, and a new plant irrigation and drainage system. The historic gardens are enriched with additional formal and informal gardens, natural areas, and open meadows with ample shading options for visitors, with the needed vegetation supplied significantly by a new nursery built on the grounds. Roadscape, hardscape, water features, and seating vocabularies rely on locally manufactured materials, to blend perfectly with existing works and contribute to better community services and economic opportunities. The landscape design plan was true to the historic eminence of the location.