Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    The sunken courtyard of the chahar-bagh. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon The sunken courtyard of the chahar-bagh.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    A creative encounter between light, structure and geometry. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon A creative encounter between light, structure and geometry.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    Lanterns, descending, in the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon Lanterns, descending, in the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    Ismaili Centre: Gallery: Architecture of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon Ismaili Centre: Gallery: Architecture of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    The fountain in the chahar-bagh. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon The fountain in the chahar-bagh.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    Cool water courses through the courtyard at dusk. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon Cool water courses through the courtyard at dusk.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    Textures and patterns. Photo: Gary Otte

Architecture of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    A bird’s eye view of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon A bird’s eye view of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    A courtyard fountain framed in granite lattice. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon A courtyard fountain framed in granite lattice.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    The inner space — looking up at the domes from within. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon The inner space — looking up at the domes from within.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    Calligraphy, dappled by the motif. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon Calligraphy, dappled by the motif.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    A woman walks along a watercourse in one of the flourishing inner courtyards. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon A woman walks along a watercourse in one of the flourishing inner courtyards.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    Detail of the caligraphic stone. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon Detail of the caligraphic stone.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    A view into the Centre from the outside. Photo: Gary Otte

Gallery: Architecture of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    Light passes through opalescent glass onto calligraphic stone. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon Light passes through opalescent glass onto calligraphic stone.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon    The Social Hall at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Photo: Gary Otte

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon The Social Hall at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

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