Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
The Aga Khan Museum is one component of a two-building complex currently being planned for an important location 15 minutes north of downtown Toronto. The entire complex will consist of a new prayer hall, the Aga Khan Museum by Maki and Associates, and a formal Islamic garden. The program consists of four primary functions (museum, auditorium, education, and restaurant) organized around a central courtyard, which will act as the heart of the building and will integrate the differing functions into a cohesive whole while allowing each space to maintain its independence, privacy, and character.
The Museum has been designed as a celebration of light and the mysteries of its various qualities and effects. Utilizing a series of natural materials with differing light reflecting properties, the building will act as an ever-changing canvas for the display and accentuation of light. In this regard, the building has been envisioned as a kind of precious stone, which can exhibit reflectivity, color variations, translucency, and a visual mystery.
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