Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lightness

Some of you might remember this building from last year- click Aga Khan in the tags below if you want to see the previous posts. This is the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, part of the Aga Khan Development Network. The building was designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, and includes residential quarters for the Aga Khan, but is mostly reception and working space for the Canadian operations of the philanthropic organization. The use of glass, shadow, light, and metal mesh screens in the central reception space is a visual delight, as is the courtyard garden.

30 comments:

  1. This is a memorable building. Lovely. And very nice to see it again.

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  2. A lovely place, both the inside and the courtyard garden.

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  3. What great light to have in a building.

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  4. I remember this building. Love to see all the light. Got to enjoy it while you can! :)

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  5. I love the strength of the building...

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  6. Very modern, lots of glass and light surrounded by fantastic greenery. What's not to like?

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  7. The light and the lines inside this building are awesome.

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  8. @Kay: thanks!

    @Nancy: the architect did beautifully.

    @Linda: it is!

    @Tex: I agree.

    @Stuart: it really suits the location.

    @Halcyon: some days are not as sunny.

    @Marianne: it is a wonderful addition.

    @Hilary: so do I.

    @Bill: it is!

    @Lowell: indeed!

    @Jan: they are.

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  9. Ottawa has some truly beautiful buildings!

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  10. There is a fairly new museum here in Toronto called the Aga Khan that is on my list of places to visit.

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  11. That's a very impressive place. It's really bright and open.

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  12. There are a lot of beautiful details at this place.

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  13. @Norma: this one especially.

    @Jackie: I'd love to see that place. I know the foundation's put a lot of work into it.

    @Red: it's radically different from many of the places along Sussex Drive.

    @Marleen: it certainly is!

    @Sharon: it really appeals to me.

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  14. Vaguely Islamic design elements in modern materials and guise. Love it

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  15. Those mesh screens are looking very unique and beautiful! Love the courtyard, too!

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  16. love that design over the windows, super cool, neat-O!! way different too. i wish we had more light in our house, lately i feel like it is a cave, rainy today. i prefer light, think that it does affect my mood. & that i turn on a heck of a lot of lights to seem brighter. ( :

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  17. It is indeed a light and attractive space William, beautifully shown here.

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  18. That is a place I would like to see, William!

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  19. I love the architectural design on this building. Great photos!

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  20. I saw a lot of creative uses of this kind of metal framework in Berlin.

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  21. @Cloudia: I do too.

    @Tamago: this is one of those cases when the architect got everything right.

    @Beth: and here we're in need of rain.

    @Grace: I enjoyed paying a return visit.

    @RedPat: it was quite popular on the Doors Open circuit.

    @Denise: thank you!

    @MB: it certainly does.

    @Revrunner: it is creative!

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  22. Unusual building. I also like the landscaping outside.

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  23. I like the older buildings more. They exude a warmth that is lacking in glass and steel.

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  24. That's interesting architecture!

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