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Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum fosters knowledge and understanding of Islamic civilization through cultural programming and an extraordinary collection of Islamic arts and artifacts, drawn from the collections of His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan and the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.

Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Light being the primary inspiration for the project, the building acts as a vessel that is both animated and sculpted by light in myriad ways: casting patterns on the exterior walls of Brazilian granite, enhancing interior spaces, or illuminating the open-roofed courtyard.

Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects

The building contains two large exhibition galleries, art conservation and storage spaces, a 350-seat theater, and classrooms. The contemporary design incorporates historical elements originating in Islamic cultures, building bridges between eras and civilizations.

Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Set within a 6.8-hectare park (designed by Vladimir Djurovic with Moriyama & Teshima Planners), the Museum shares a site with the Ismaili Centre (designed by Charles Correa with Moriyama & Teshima Architects). The complex is a symbolic marker of the permanent presence of the Ismaili community in Canada and promotes cultural, religious and intellectual exploration.

Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Project Info
Architects: Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Maki and Associates
Location: Toronto, Canada
Size: 129,167 sqft.
Year: 2014
Type: Museum, Cultural center

 

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