Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre Opens

The new Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre recently opened, as reported by Urban Toronto, some key highlights (excerpted from the article): 


  • "An oasis of calm and contemplative design, both in the serene yet bold and hard-edged geometry of the buildings, and in the softness of the surrounding landscape, the Aga Khan Museum and the adjoining Ismaili Centre make a momentous addition to Toronto's cultural mosaic, unmatched in many years."

 

  • "The museum was designed by Pritzker Award-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. Influenced by the geometric patterns of Islamic ornamentation, the building sits serenely within park. Its canted Brazilian granite walls change quickly with the sunlight and the bounces off of the reflecting pools."

 

  • "The park, designed by Lebanese Architect Vladimir Djurovic, is planted and is open, but is not yet officiallyopen. That declaration will be made next year once the trees, shrubs, and flowers are more established. The grounds include occasional artworks related to exhibitions within the buildings. Toronto-based Moriyama & Teshima Architects coordinated the design work across the site."

 

  • Across the park from the museum is the Ismaili Centre, designed by the renowned architect Charles Correa. The Centre incorporates spaces for social and cultural gatherings, intellectual engagement and for spiritual reflection. Its centrepiece is a crystalline skylit space, its translucent skin glowing at night. The Ismaili Centre, administered separately from the museum, is still working out its plans for public visits.

 

For detailed information, the full article is available at the Urban Toronto website.


SPH (with APC Inc.) is proud to have been involved in early designs for the museum and cultural centre, providing accessible design compliance reviews for the design team. SPH congratulates the museum and centre for reaching this important milestone!

The Aga Khan and Prime Minister Harper pose in front of the Aga Khan Museum, image by Jack Landau Reflections at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, image by Craig White  The Ismaili Centre Toronto, designed by Charles Correa, image by Craig White