The Delegation Of The Ismaili Imamat has been part of Doors Open in recent years. It is quite unlike other buildings along Sussex Drive, and yet doesn't clash with the area. Opened in 2008, it operates as a quasi-embassy for the Aga Khan, the spiritual head of Nizari Muslims. His philanthropic organization, the Aga Khan Foundation, works around the world on development, education, and other improvements, and the Canadian chapter is based out of here. It also features a residence for the Aga Khan when he is in Ottawa. Last year I also visited the Global Centre for Pluralism, a think tank devised by the foundation and occupying the former War Museum a short walk away from here, but this year I only had time to stop in here.
Public tours are given regularly, and you can see why. Light illuminates the interior from above, with a patterned screen of geometric metal shapes making for fascinating photo ops. An exterior courtyard features a garden. Working space and a library are also found here.