First of all we would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!
‘Tis the season to spend time with family and friends and share stories from the last year. This time of year is also when we begin to look forward and start making plans for 2013. Many of my friends tend to make grande New Year’s resolutions and spend little effort to trying to keep them so this year I have proposed one for them – something that should not be such a challenge.
Their task: Visit and take a tour of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in 2013 (pictured above).
If you have not visited this building yet I suggest you make this one of your resolutions as well. If you have been, perhaps you can pitch the idea to your friends as well.
Located at 119 Sussex Drive it is situated outside the typical travel routes of most Ottawa residents, and although The Delegation regularly opens its doors to the public, it remains largely unknown. Designed by the Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki in conjunction with the Toronto/Ottawa firm Moriyama & Teshima (M&T were also responsible for the War Museum) this is one of Ottawa’s architectural gems. Most recently the building received the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture (2012). This building is well worth making a special trip whether you are interested in seeing how the light filters through the layers of screens, or if you want to sit in the courtyard on a sunny day, or if you just want feel the smooth texture of the Venetian plaster in the corridor. IT IS WORTH IT – and you do not have to have a design background to appreciate it so bring your friends!
If there is another must see in 2013 building in Ottawa (or anywhere else for that matter) let us know in the comments.