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Charles Correa’s Islamic centre sits beside the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto
The Charles Correa-designed Islamic cultural centre now shares a patch of parkland in Toronto with the Aga Khan Museum designed by Fumihiko Maki.
Featuring a faceted glass dome and and curving stone walls, the India-based Charles Correa Associates partnered with Moriyama & Teshma Architects to design the Ismaili Centre, providing a cultural centre for the Islamic community.
The building sits within the seven-hectare park designed by Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.
“The entire site is a harmonious union of spiritual, artistic and natural worlds,” Moriyama & Teshmina said in a statement.
“The complex is a symbolic marker of the permanent presence of the Ismaili community in Canada, and an ambassadorial space intended to foster understanding of pluralism.”
The building was designed with the intention of responding to traditional Islamic architecture through the use of contemporary forms and modern materials.
The building is composed of a crystalline roof dome with a prayer hall housed at one end of the centre.
Next to the prayer hall is an anteroom sectioned off by metal grilles. A flight of stairs located at one end of the dome leads up to the lobby by the entrance.
The interiors features tiled floors with geometric patterns. Behind the domed structure lies white linear blocks sprawling out horizontally, providing additional spaces to congregate, as well as a library, classrooms and administrative offices.
The Toronto Ismaili Centre was officially inaugurated on 12 September 2014, in addition to those already present in Dubai, Lisbon, London, Barnaby and Dushanbe.