The Aga Khan Park | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Photo by Nathan Jenkins::2014::The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Aga Khan Park, Toronto, ON (map)

Home to the Aga Khan Museum, a repository of Islamic art and culture, and the Ismaili Centre, a religious site and venue for promoting the heritage of Ismaili Muslims, this 6.8-hectare site comprises four hectares of public gardens designed by Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic with Moriyama & Teshima Planners.  The Bata Shoes Headquarters, a Modernist building designed in the mid-1960s by John C. Parkin, previously occupied a portion of the site, and was demolished in 2007.

Two kilometers of pedestrian trails encircle the property, meandering among more than 1,000 shrubs and 500 mature trees, the latter including honey locust, magnolia, and dawn redwood. Situated between the museum and the Ismaili Center is the design’s central, unifying feature: a formal geometric garden enclosed within a cedar hedge. The space contains five granite-lined pools in a quincunx pattern, whose mirror-like surfaces reflect its surroundings.

Adapted to suit its contemporary context, the design recalls a traditional ‘Charbagh’—a quadripartite Persian water garden divided by axial channels of water or footpaths. Flanking the central pool, serviceberry trees are planted in eight parallel rows, divided by walkways and raised planting beds. The trees’ colors modulate seasonally among whites, reds, and purples while their berries attract birds. The campus is located in an area with few pedestrians, and the inclusion of a subterranean parking garage to accommodate 600 cars was critical in dedicating generous space for its park-like grounds.

Via The Cultural Landscape Foundation

 


Earlier and related:

Your invitation to explore London's beautiful Ismaili Centre Roof Garden Your invitation to explore London’s beautiful Ismaili Centre Roof Garden - Discover west London's hidden stunning gardens during special weekend
Commissioned by the Aga Khan Development Network, Jellicoe Garden - Kings Cross, London Commissioned by the Aga Khan Development Network, Jellicoe Garden – Kings Cross, London - This garden was designed by Tom Stuart, and commissioned by the Aga Khan Development Network and Argent.
Ismaili Centre - A hidden gem in the heart of Dubai Ismaili Centre – A hidden gem in the heart of Dubai - Something of a hidden gem in the heart of Dubai, the peaceful gardens are maintained as a gift to the city’s residents.
Ismaili Centre, Lisbon Sultan Jessa: Ismaili Centre Lisbon – Design Inspired by Persian Gardens - The eye-catching building in the heart of Lisbon encompasses traditional designs from Muslim civilizations.
Edmonton's future park by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Edmonton’s future park by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture - University of Alberta's Devonian Botanic Garden.
The garden king of Kabul: Babur’s legacy lives on in Afghanistan The garden king of Kabul: Babur’s legacy lives on in Afghanistan - After the Taliban were forced out of Kabul in 2001, the Aga Khan and his Trust for Culture guided plans for a full restoration of Babur’s garden

Author: ismailimail

Civil society media.   Find Ismailimail blog on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s