Aga Khan Centre, London


Architects
Maki & Associates, Allies and Morrison

Structural Engineer
Expedition Engineering

Steelwork Contractor
Severfield

Main Contractor
BAM Construct UK Ltd

Clients
AKDN, Argent

The Aga Khan Centre is a place for education, knowledge and insight into Muslim civilisations. The structure therefore houses an unusual blend of education and office spaces, research, administrative and representational spaces, with six Islamic inspired gardens interwoven over the height of the building.

The architectural vision was for the monolithic stone-clad body of the building containing the main educational and office spaces to cantilever out over the glazed ground floor spaces that interface with the public realm. Steel was instrumental is realising this vision.

The Aga Khan Centre is a special building in use, appearance, and construction.

Judges’ comment

This self-effacing ten-storey building in the King’s Cross redevelopment is constructed to the highest quality with the greatest attention paid to fine detailing and materials. Passersby will be forgiven for remaining unaware of this store of treasures of Islamic art and literature, and the variety of internal and external spaces contained within this London centre for the Aga Khan Foundation.