In a geopolitically charged world, the University of Toronto faced the challenge of accommodating spiritual pluralism within the framework of its secular mandate, while also creating opportunities for inter-faith dialogue and study. 13 years in the making, the design of the Multi-Faith Centre emerged as the solution to the burgeoning diversity and interest in the intersection of faith, spirituality and university life.
The architectural expression of light is the central feature of the space, made possible by translucent white onyx backlit walls and ceiling.
The uniquely versatile venue allows people of all faiths to feel equally welcome and equally valued. Thedesign paradox was to create ‘faith-neutral’ spaces with a design aesthetic that is universally perceived as a sanctuary and retreat for all — simultaneously creating innovative elements that allow all faith groups to transform the spaces quickly, so as to suit their particular needs.