New park design based on King Edward’s tartan
The creation of a new park at the King Edward will celebrate the century-old landmark and its history as a community gathering place. Working in collaboration with the City of Calgary and O2 Planning + Design, the public park will be designed with an interwoven pattern inspired by the royal tartan of King Edward VII – the school’s namesake, and King of England from 1901 to 1910.
The tartan will be integrated at different scales throughout the park and surrounding site, connecting the new public space with the historic King Edward. Recalling the natural and cultural history of the site, native prairie grass, paving stones and concrete walkways will be interwoven in a tartan pattern, adding a layer of contemporary design inspired by a legacy of tradition. The tartan will provide the community with a unique visual experience, inlaid and traversing along the west laneway, past the art pavilions, ribboning around the rear of the building to the play space on the East side.
The tartan park design gives us a perspective of the past, crowned by the stoic sandstone King Edward, wrapping it in stories that will be celebrated through its revitalization as a creative hub and arts incubator for many decades to come. Long live the King!