The Aga Khan Park lies on the outskirts of Toronto’s city centre in a dense setting surrounded by high traffic streets and highways. It occupies a 17- acre site where two institutional buildings are housed: the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre. The Park’s aspiration was not only to embrace and unify these two buildings, but also to offer a serene and contemplative space.
A formal garden inspired by traditional Islamic gardens functions as the central feature of the entire Park. Surrounded by a densely planted buffer zone and conceived as the outdoor extension of the Museum and Ismaili Centre, the formal garden captures the essence of Islamic gardens, translating them into an expression that reflects its new context.
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With five sensory experiences, every space in the garden is filled with subtle feelings that we seem to have lost in this fast-paced era. Brevity and eternity are the keys to the composition of space. Shadows, light, petals, leaves and water complement the solidity and purity of the creative form in the movement.
The garden extends the entrance and activities of the museum to the park while reflecting the glass dome in Ismail center as a sculpture feature in the garden. In a loose gravel, the five water surfaces of solid black granite are set between buildings, which is a classic Islamic geometric arrangement. One of the orchards is owned by the local people. In winter snow, white spring blossoms, summer fruits, autumn colors and bright colors, and the orchard is full of seasonal perfume.
The park not only integrates the two buildings into a coherent whole, but also unifies the complex and becomes a valuable gift for Toronto and its people.