Aga Khan Park, Toronto

The Aga Khan Park in Toronto was officially inaugurated at the end of May. The 6.8-hectare park, designed by Lebanon-based landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, encompasses the area ­between and around the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre. The park, the museum, and the centre together form ­Toronto’s newest cultural hub.

Aga Khan Museum 2014 September

In the Aga Khan Park, Djurovic aimed to recreate the sensory ­experience – namely sounds, aromas, textures and colours – he had while visiting traditional Islamic gardens at the ­Alhambra in Spain and Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, India, among other historic sites. The Ismaili Centre was designed by Indian architect Charles Correa, the Aga Khan Museum by Fumihiko Maki of Japan. Moriyama and Teshima are the Canadian architects of record for the entire project. These three projects are an initiative of the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network.

Photos: Gary Otte

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