Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum is one component of a two-building complex currently being planned for an important location 15 minutes north of downtown Toronto. The entire complex will consist of a new prayer hall, the Aga Khan Museum by Maki and Associates, and a formal Islamic garden. The program consists of four primary functions (museum, auditorium, education, and restaurant) organized around a central courtyard, which will act as the heart of the building and will integrate the differing functions into a cohesive whole while allowing each space to maintain its independence, privacy, and character.

The Museum has been designed as a celebration of light and the mysteries of its various qualities and effects. Utilizing a series of natural materials with differing light reflecting properties, the building will act as an ever-changing canvas for the display and accentuation of light. In this regard, the building has been envisioned as a kind of precious stone, which can exhibit reflectivity, color variations, translucency, and a visual mystery.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Completion Date: 2014
Building Type: Museum, Auditorium
Structural System: Reinforced Concrete, Steel
Number of Floors: 1 Basement + 2 Stories
Site Area: 70,000m²
Building Area: 4,000m²
Total Floor Area: 11,600m²
Architect of Record: Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: The Mitchell Partnership / Crossey Engineering
■ Publication
Fumihiko Maki(PHAIDON)
Shinkenchiku:2008.5 Special Issue [IN PROGRESS]
a+u:2012.7 Special Issue
GA Document:No.97
■ Awards / Competition
Azure Award(2014)
OAA Design Excellence Award(2016)