Bahá'í Temple for South America


Hariri Pontarini Architects, established in 1994, is a Toronto-based architectural practice drawing on the collective skills and expertise of over 45 registered and intern architects, and support staff. HPA’s portfolio builds upon learnt knowledge, technical innovation and design excellence of each successive project, revealing the conception of refined architecture with crafted details. The firm excels in creative design and managing complex projects within strict timelines and budget. Grounded in many years of research and conceptual thinking that began with the firm’s first project for McKinsey & Company in Toronto, HPA holds a reputation for understated elegance and innovative design. The firm’s experience spans a diversity of sophisticated urban projects including private, public, business and institutional. HPA lays the foundation for what lies at the heart of a spatial experience, translating their intimate knowledge into architectural form. The firm’s extensive portfolio consists of a wide range of projects including Schulich School of Business (York University), Bahá’í Temple of Light (Bahá’í International Community), One Bloor Toronto, as well as numerous other High-Rise residential complexes, mixed-use buildings, private homes and retail units.

Projects created by Hariri Pontarini Architects are distinctive expressions of the vision and values of the firm’s clients. HPA’s commitment to quiet excellence is embodied in the creation of enduring, carefully conceived spaces that are seamlessly interwoven within the context of their surroundings; spaces crafted to exude a solid dignity and purpose. Known for creating spaces with an implicit understanding of the architectural components, HPA’s extensive portfolio consists of architecture that affirms human conviviality: a sense of proportion and materiality, a facility with natural light, and an intuitive grasp of human dynamics. This philosophy of quiet excellence informs every project that Hariri Pontarini Architects undertakes. It expresses itself in thoughtfully-crafted components that embody respect for materiality; in spaces that are contemplative yet functional; in minute aspects of design—the smallest details that quietly delight the occupant. This vision harnesses the transformative power of design, channeling the best aspects of each client, site and program into 
a space with the power to inspire.

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