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Don Mills Jamatkhana and Ismaili Community Centre Wins 2023 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence!
Don Mills Jamatkhana and Ismaili Community Centre has been recognised by jurors of Canadian Architect for being "a great contemporary interpretation of Islamic architecture," and "a masterful composition of texture and natural light." Located in the Toronto suburb of Thorncliffe Park on the site of the first Ismaili prayer hall in Ontario, the Ismaili Centre will mark the 50th anniversary of the original building, a celebration of the community presence of the Ismaili branch of Shi’a Islam.
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A masterful composition of texture and natural light. The delicate building skin adds magic to an otherwise simple and economical building massing. [...] A great contemporary interpretation of Islamic architecture.
Jury comment (2023 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence) on Don Mills Jamatkhana and Isamili Community Centre
A valuable precedent for Canadian architecture – nodding to history while exploring new ground.
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Jury comment (2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence) on Pan Am/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village | Canary District