The future location of the Ismaili Center near downtown Saskatoon. Photo courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the United States.
Saskatoon, February 7, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky announced today that she has been selected by the Ismaili Council for the United States to co-lead the design of the Ismaili Center in Saskatoon with London-based design architect Farshid Moussavi and landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz. The DLR Group | WRL, recently selected as the leading cultural design firm by BD World Architecture, was named Executive Architect and Architect of Record in an international design competition. This is the second collaboration between the DLR Group | WRL and Farshid Moussavi Architecture based on the design of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.
The new Ismaili Center is located at the intersection of Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard, west of downtown Saskatoon. It will be the seventh in a series of iconic cultural buildings His Highness the Aga Khan has commissioned over the past four decades in the UK, Canada, Portugal, the United Arab Emirates and Tajikistan. When completed, the center will serve as a national hub for the social, cultural and intellectual activities of the Ismaili Muslim community.
“We are very honored to work with the Ismaili community to bring this historic building to life,” said Paul Westlake, Senior Principal of the DLR Group | WRL, FAIA, FACHA who runs the company’s Cultural + Performing Arts Studio. “Saskatoon is home to one of the largest Ismaili Muslim populations in North America. The new center will serve as a place where parishioners can learn, pray, and engage in community. Our team is privileged to have been selected for a project that will have a lasting impact on the local community and beyond. ”
The Ismaili Center in Saskatoon will serve the city’s 40,000 or so Ismaili Muslims and is expected to include a Jamatkhana or prayer hall, education rooms, a social hall, and several multi-purpose meeting and conference rooms. The design for this major project has already begun.
Barkat Fazal, President of the Ismaili Council for the United States, said, “We are delighted to be working with world class and experienced architects to design this unique project. It will embody both the pluralistic vision of Saskatoon and the Ismaili community. ”
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The DLR Group is an integrated design office that provides architecture, engineering, interior design, planning and building optimization for new construction, renovation and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to enhance the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of clients in the public and private sectors. local communities; and our planet. The DLR Group | WRL is 100 percent owned by employees and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge. She is the first to sign the China Agreement and the AIA 2030 commitment.
Westlake Reed Leskosky joined the DLR Group in September 2016. Today, the combined design skills and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and the DLR Group serve customers as a global, integrated design company committed to enhancing the human experience through design.
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