Lauren Kasparek based this incredible structure on a Japanese fan.


The challenge was to design a structure that was unique, sculptural and practical.
The pavilion had to embody some meaningful symbolism that related to the country of origin and the message of the ‘World Peace Bell’.
It had to provide shelter to the ‘World Peace Bell’ and a platform for ceremonial ringing.
At all cost the design had to avoid being a kitsch reproduction of a traditional gazebo, it had to be unique.


The solution to the problem was to design the pavilion based on the traditional Japanese fan.
Designed by Lauren Kasparek of Kasparek Architects in Canberra, the fan has strong symbolism in Japan where the ‘World Peace Bell’ originates from.
This symbolism can be seen in the roof design which fans out from an apex (Beginning of Life) to the view out.
These ribs of the fan are represented in the ridges and valleys (Different roads of life) of the roof.
Traditional Japanese fans were given as gifts or trays for gifts.
Like the fan, the shelter protects the ‘World Peace Bell’ and presents it to the people of Canberra and its visitors as a gift.
Ultimately the purpose of the ‘World Peace Bell’ is to bring comfort and hope of peace to the people of Australia.



The Park is designed to create the feel of a traditional Japanese garden within the surrounds of a Canberra public park. It is also home to a number of significant sculptures and hosts a number of annual events including the Candle Festival.


The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin (RCCBG) is arranging special ‘bell ringing’ days to commemorate special events. These days include the World Peace Day on 21 September each year and also on the opening day of the United Nations Assembly.
The RCCBG will also invite community groups, organisations and other interested parties to hold special ‘bell ringing’ days to commemorate special national and international days of remembrance.
In order for the general public to have the opportunity to ring the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, it is proposed to conduct regular events including Sunday’s in the Park when the bell could be rung.


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Kasparek Architects was established in 1988 to provide architectural services in the residential and commercial markets. Our charter is to provide the highest standard of personal and professional service. This is achieved by minimising the numbers of projects that the firm works on at any given time.
Fred is a Registered Architect in the ACT and NSW and he also has an ‘A’ Class Building Licence. He grew up and studied in Canberra.
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David Telfer AILA RLA
Founder and Director of Redbox Design Group, David has over 25 years of industry experience and is passionate about design through landscape architecture. He has experience in design offices throughout Australia and in the government sector. In the late 1990’s David worked in the ACT Government where he collaborated with Helen Cohen, his boss and the then Manager of ACT Landscape, in developing the design and documentation for the Canberra Nara Peace Park located east of the Peace Bell in Lennox Gardens.

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Michael Rabey

Michael is the instigator and manager of the project for his Rotary club.

Greg Gibbs

Greg is the current President of the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin.

Bill Andrews

Project Lawyer and Past-president of the RCCBG.

Christopher Gray

Graphic designer videographer and Past-president of the RCCBG.

Andrew Campbell PHOTOGRAPHER

Extra photography and video for this website.

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