Construction of a religious and community centre, that includes a prayer hall, conference room, library, classrooms, offices and a social hall. The design called for a centre that would establish permanence in a setting that was contemporary, yet redolent of an historical past that is itself an interweave of encounters across civilizations. From geometry of form that has defined architecture in Islamic contexts to the signs of Nature in water, gardens and light that have characterized its expression over the ages, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center’s design achieves afusion between the historical and the contemporary. The 11.5 acre site, set by a lake, with a fountain, landscaped gardens and a collection of Islamic decorative art, includes exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, space for private prayer and offices for Ismaili community institutions.
Project completed in 2001 – The Arcop Group
We have clarity and direction enough when the Quran affirms that to save a life is, as if, to save humankind altogether. It is in this context that I request that you view the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston, as much, much more than a place of congregation, and a home for administrative offices. The Center will be a place of peace, humility, reflection and prayer. It will be a place of search and enlightenment, not of anger and of obscurantism. It will be a center which will seek to bond men and women of this pluralist country to replace their fragility in their narrow spheres by the strength of civilised society bound together by a common destiny.
–Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston, June 23, 2002