The Delegation of The Ismaili Imamat

The building is a secular facility proposed in the city of Ottawa to establish a formal and symbolic presence for His Highness the Aga Khan and his institutions in Canada. It is configured as an elongated, rectangular “ring” whereby the program surrounds two large “inner sanctuaries”: a glazed atrium and a courtyard. The building as a whole will be an interplay of visual clarity and opacity, overlaid with various degrees of translucency. Like the natural beauty of a crystal rock that is a true wonder to the human eye, the Delegation building will be a source of optimism, fascination, and enlightenment.

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Completion Date: 2008
Building Type: Office, Assembly
Structural System: Reinforced Concrete, Steel
Number of Floors: 1 Basement + 2 Stories
Site Area: 9,980m²
Building Area: 3,011m²
Total Floor Area: 8,916m²
Architect of Record: General Planner / Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: The Mitchell Partnership / Mulvey & Banani International
■ Publication
Fumihiko Maki(PHAIDON)
a+u:2012.7 Special Issue
GA Document:No. 85
Shinkenchiku:2010.1, 2008.5 Special Issue [IN PROGRESS]
■ Awards / Competition
RAIC Governor General's Medal in Architecture(2012)
OAA Design Excellence Award(2010)
OAA People's Choice Award(2010)