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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