Toronto: 10 best architectural projects of 2014 — by Christopher Hume on The Star com

The Agha Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre looms over the Don Valley Parkway.

The Agha Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre looms over the Don Valley Parkway. Aaron Vincent Elkaim / The Canadian Press

It’s a good year for any city when a major new cultural institution appears. And so 2014 was an excellent year for Toronto.

  • The Aga Khan Museum/Ismaili Centre, which opened in September, has redefined the city and enhanced it with spectacular architecture in the process. The museum, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, is an exquisite stone-clad structure that looms over the Don Valley Parkway, daring commuters not to look. Poetic but hard-edged, it offers both a fortress in the distance and a welcoming embrace.

Beside the museum, Charles Correa’s masterful Ismaili Centre is as connected to the sky above as the ground below. With its slightly off-kilter glass dome and expansive light-filled prayer hall, the Indian architect’s contribution is not just a landmark, but also a statement of faith, religious and civic.

 

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