Institute of Islamic Cultures
Paris, France
Since its completion in 2013, this Institute, conceived in a spirit of community integration through the use of a patio and generous terraces with southern orientation and within the site constraints, has been a success. The streetscape hides the building's great mass. The four-storey building with two levels below ground houses a hammam, a multi-usage space, a prayer room for 300 people, workshops/exhibition spaces and top floor offices. The facade is of perforated or sanded plates inspired by chased screens placed on stone bases. With a concrete construction, high-performing insulation and a ground-coupled heat exchanger the building conforms to the Paris Climate Plan.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Paris, France
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Completed 2013
500 m²
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Institute of Islamic Cultures
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cultural center
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Nominee