Opened ten days ago, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is one magnificent building designed by Japan’s Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Fumihiko Maki. Utilizing light as inspiration, light animates the building in myriad ways depending on the time of day or season. Maki incorporates historical elements from Islamic cultures into contemporary design. The $300 million Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in North America dedicated to showcasing Islamic Art. It offers visitors into the world of Islamic civilization across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China.
Across the museum is the also newly-built Ismaili Centre Toronto designed by Indian architect Charles Correa. The formal gardens with five granite-lined reflecting pools of the Aga Khan Park connects the Centre with the museum and designed by Lebanon-based landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.