The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi’s private wing, The Princess Zahra Pavilion, won the third place at the 12th Casalgrande Padana Grand Prix awards 2019/2021. Backed by a rich 30-year history, with more than 1,800 projects entered by 1,300 designers from all across the globe, the Casalgrande Padana Grand Prix is a permanent fixture on the international architectural scene.
A seven-member jury comprising renowned architects, interior designers and design journalists from across the world announced the decision after carefully evaluating numerous architectural designs competing in the latest edition of the competition. The awards ceremony took place on May 27, 2022 at the MUDEC Museum and Exhibition Centre of Milan dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the cultures of the world.
The Princess Zahra Pavilion won third place in the “Public Building” category. Other award categories included Shopping and Office Centres, Residential Buildings and Façade Cladding, Outside Flooring, Swimming Pools and Spas.
Some noteworthy architectural and design features of the Princess Zahra Pavilion include the interiors, colour, texture and flooring patterns and, decorated carpets. The ceramic flooring of the hospital, with its light, bright surfaces, offers a novel take on the textile and symbolic tradition of the Persian carpet. The decorative patterns and coloured borders add emotional value to the technical performance and hygienic qualities of the material, bringing a welcome homely sensation to the setting.
The facility was carefully designed to provide peace and tranquillity to patients as they recuperate from clinical procedures. Inspired by Islamic art and culture, the architecture and landscaping have been carefully crafted to create a calming environment that contributes to patients’ healing process and early recovery. The building, which started operations in 2019, serves as the private wing for the hospital. It was named the Princess Zahra Pavilion in 2021, in honour of Princess Zahra Aga Khan.
More information on the award here.