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Old April 7th, 2013, 11:17 AM   #61
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Ismaili Jamatkhana, Lahore.


The Grand Courtyard at the Ismaili Jamatkhana Lahore. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan


A view from inside the teacher educators and waezeen library at the Ismaili Jamatkhana Lahore. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan


Entrance to the ante room and prayer hall at the Ismaili Jamatkhana Lahore. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan

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Glenview Jamatkhana, Chicago.

New Chicago-area Jamatkhana described as the “Ruby of Glenview”

On 2 December 2008, 200 guests gathered for the opening of a new Jamatkhana in Glenview, Illinois. Construction of the project began a year ago, and its completion was eagerly anticipated by the Chicago-area Jamat.

The inaugural plaque was unveiled by Illinois’ First Lady, Patricia Blagojevich. She was accompanied on stage by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Kerry Cummings, President of the Village of Glenview, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, President of the Ismaili Council for the USA, and Dr. Mansoor Virani, President of the Ismaili Council for the Midwest United States. Also among the distinguished guests were consuls general, mayors, state representatives and leaders of other faith communities.

During his welcome address, President Eboo situated the Jamatkhana among the variety of spaces of worship in Islam. “The Jamatkhana in Glenview, as with all Ismaili Jamatkhanas around the world, reflects in its space and usage three dynamics,” he described. “The prayer hall for worship and contemplation, the social hall for engagement with others and the gardens to appreciate and enjoy God's creation and to which we welcome our neighbours.”

A lunch reception followed the ceremonies and guests had an opportunity to tour the facility. Set on 9.3 acres of land, the 26 000 square foot Jamatkhana includes a prayer hall, administrative offices, classrooms, and spaces for social gatherings. The social hall will be available for lectures and presentations to Glenview residents and other visitors, while tours of the building will be offered to the public.

“This is truly a beautiful building and I was struck by the serenity of the prayer hall and the care and thought that has been taken in its design,“ said the First Lady, following her tour. “I have no doubt that you will use the facility to reach out to others and be the valuable and valued community that you have become wherever you have established yourselves.”

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who had met Mawlana Hazar Imam when he received the Vincent Scully Prize in 2005, spoke of the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, referencing the Ismaili Centres and other major building projects around the world. Of the Glenview facility, she said: “This is clearly an oasis of calm within a bustling metropolis, and its architecture is fitting for Glenview.”

President Cummings appreciated the building’s design, describing it as the “Ruby of Glenview” — a reference to the eleventh century Ismaili Da’i and poet, Nasir Khusraw, sometimes remembered as the Ruby of Badakhshan. “I have no doubt, it will be visited by many and much will be written about its intrinsic beauty,” she said.



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The ceiling light feature in the Prayer Hall consists of seven heptagonal (seven-sided) figures, visible in this close-up. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the USA


A heptagonal (seven-sided) motif was used throughout the building, and is apparent in the lobby. The hanging tapestries were created by volunteers in the Jamat. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the USA

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Dhaka Jamatkhana, Bangladesh

In a city of nearly 13 million people, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre — with its fountain, courtyard and gardens — provides the Dhaka Jamat with a welcome respite from the daily hustle and bustle of life. The tranquility of the Jamatkhana prayer hall offers a quiet space for reflection and remembrance.

The architect of the Centre, Rafiul Alam Pintoo, sees the building as a major milestone in his long career. “I considered this as an ‘exclusive’ project, which had to meet the international standards set by Ismaili Centres around the world.”

In addition to being a place of prayer, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre can serve as a platform for meaningful dialogue between Ismailis and the wider community. One Jamati leader describes it as “an ambassadorial building, which is not only a Jamatkhana, but will also signify the Imamat’s presence in the capital city of our country.”

The Centre also features administrative and meeting facilities that serve the needs of the Ismaili Council for Bangladesh. Classrooms and a new library provide space for children’s religious education, and teachers will benefit from a seminar hall that can be used for pedagogical development and parent information sessions. “A major outcome of the upgraded facilities will be that the youth will have the resources now to better absorb and articulate the meaning of their faith and this will ultimately motivate and cultivate future leaders,” says one Jamati member.

One of the most dynamic spaces in the Centre is the Social Hall. Situated close to the main entrance of the Centre, it has facilities to host a wide range of programmes from seminars and workshops to special events. In addition to Jamati programmes, the Social Hall provides a venue for the Jamat to reach out and engage with the wider Bangladesh society.

But for many in the Jamat — particularly young children and their parents — one of the most popular features can be found behind the Ismaili Centre building, where a playground has been built. A walking trail passes through the playground and continues around the perimeter of the Centre. “After dinner, my friends and I go for a walk on the path around the Centre since it is safe and lit up,” comments an elder member of the Jamat.

Many elders in the Jamat remember the opening of the Karimabad and Chittagong jamatkhanas in 1960 and 1964. “The Chittagong Jamakhana with its marble floors served as a proud symbol of the Ismaili community,” recalls one senior member of the Jamat. The new Ismaili Centre is seen as a similar sign, and a beacon for those in other parts of the world to seek opportunities in Bangladesh’s growing economy.



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An evening view of the Dhaka Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, with a lighted marble stairway leading to the main entrance. Photo: Ayeleen Ajanee Saleh


Functional areas of the building are arranged around the Centre Courtyard with the Social Hall on the right, the Administrative Corridor on the left, and the Prayer Hall in the front. Photo: Ayeleen Ajanee Saleh


Seating alcove in the ante-room foyer, looking out onto the courtyard. Photo: Ayeleen Ajanee Saleh

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Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa, Canada

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, a building of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada located between the Saudi Arabian embassy and the Lester B. Pearson Building on Sussex Drive. It was opened in 2008.

The building, as named, serves as a de facto embassy for the Aga Khanate of Nizari Ismailism in Canada, through which the Aga Khan's office (under the auspices of the Aga Khan Foundation) can receive dignitaries of the Canadian government.

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The building was initiated by the Aga Khan IV, the 49th Imam of the Ismaili Muslims in the presence of Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, on June 6, 2005. It was designed by the internationally celebrated Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, together with the Canadian firm Moriyama & Teshima.

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat was formally opened by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Saturday, December 6, 2008 during an official visit of the Aga Khan to Ottawa.In addition to the Prime Minister, the opening was also attended by several federal ministers including Transport Minister John Baird, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon and Minister of State for Status of Women Helena Guergis. Also in attendance were former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, writer John Ralston Saul, David Mulroney, chief of the PCO Afghan task force, his CIDA counterpart Stephen Wallace, former deputy minister of foreign affairs Peter Harder, the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin, former ambassador to Washington Derek Burney, former Liberal foreign minister Bill Graham, former ambassador to the UN Allan Rock, Herb Gray, the longest serving MP in Canadian history and various ambassadors of other countries to Canada.

The $54-million building is the first in the world to represent Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims. Based in Europe, he heads the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the largest private development networks in the world. The building houses 60 employees of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, a non-profit development agency and the Global Centre for Pluralism, an education and research centre.

Demands to see the building are so great the agency provides public tours twice a week. Some 30,000 people have walked through. Since 2009, the building has hosted about 100 events, such as lectures and workshops.

The building includes a library and offices, as well as a residence and office for the Aga Khan’s use during visits.

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Designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning architect Fumihiko Maki, he Ottawa Delegation is the first building in the world that will represent the Ismaili Imamat and its institutions.It is configured as an elongated, rectangular ring, surrounding an interior atrium and an exterior courtyard that features a traditional Chahr-bagh Islamic garden.The building rests on a solid linear granite podium, and is covered by a glass dome through which light illuminates the atrium and courtyard.The building as a whole is inspired by natural rock-crystal and is an interplay of visual clarity, opacity and translucency. It houses meeting rooms, exhibition areas, a lecture theatre, resource center, and private apartments.

The Aga Khan proposed that Maki take inspiration from rock crystal, which is at once translucent, transparent and opaque. The two-storey structure rests on a podium of black granite. It is clad in white Neoparies, a crystallized glass material with a marble-like texture that reflects light. Side walls are arranged in alternating bands of transparent and translucent glass. The simple rectilinear building contains an atrium topped by an asymmetrical glass dome. Surrounding the atrium is a patterned screen of cast aluminum, evoking screens of historic Islamic architecture.

2012 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa has been also named a recipient of the 2012 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The award recognises outstanding design in projects by Canadian architects, and is administered by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts Act. The award recognizes outstanding design in recent projects by Canadian architects.

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