Exclusive: Architect’s Statement and Photos of the Fabulous New Ottawa Jamatkhana
August 18, 2013 By Malik Merchant, Simergphotos
Editor’s note: Exactly a month ago, the day following the opening of the new Ottawa Jamatkhana located at 3225 Conroy Road, K1G 3N4, on July 18, 2013, we published a photo essay – please click Ismaili Muslims Open a Beautiful New Jamatkhana in Canada’s Capital – which summarized the opening day’s events as well as provided a collection of photos of the new as well as the old Jamatkhana that was located at 991 Carling Avenue. The post has since been viewed several thousand times by readers from over 70 countries. Former residents of Ottawa, who are now settled in other parts of the world, were overjoyed to read the story, and readers from around the world responded with feedbacks that expressed the joy that they also shared with the Ottawa Ismaili Jamat on the historic milestone achieved.
The gap left in the photo essay about the vision for the new Jamatkhana is now filled with this informative piece from architect Farouk Noormohamed’s office. We thank FNDA Architecture for the text and Alia Noormohamed, Farouk’s daughter, for the photos.
The Ottawa Jamatkhana: Architect’s Statement
Text by FNDA Architecture
Photos by Alia Noormohamed
The new Ottawa Jamatkhana marks a new chapter in the life of the Ismaili community of the National Capital Region and will become a symbol of the community’s commitment to Ottawa, embracing the local vernacular architecture, new institutional buildings, and powerful symbols of Islamic design.
The inviting new Ismaili Jamatkhana in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, was opened on July 19, 2013. It is located at 3225 Conroy Road, K1G 3N4. Photo: Alia Noormohamed.
From the main thoroughfare (Conroy Road), the building is bright and inviting, and engages those passing with its distinctive lines, textured materials, and use of glass. Entering the compound, through gates and landscaped areas, one leaves behind their worldly worries, and passes through a four season courtyard, inspiring the spirit, and reminding those of their place in Allah’s creation.
THE PRAYER HALL
The prayer hall as seen from its entrance. Photo: Alia Noormohamed.
The prayer hall is the culmination of these series of experiences, and as a majestic and inspiring space, utilizes the richness of Islamic geometry, the harmony and modesty of the surrounding areas, allows for the entry of natural light – as a reminder of our place in Allah’s creation. Here, and throughout the building, principles of Islamic design are used, to inspire the spirit and to engage the senses.
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