Aga Khan Centre
The Institute of Ismaili Studies Aga Khan Centre (AKC) at 10 Handyside Street in Kings Cross, London N1C.
Academic building for teaching and research, the organisations based at AKC work to increase understanding of Muslim civilisations and improve the quality of life of some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.
The Aga Khan Centre in King’s Cross is a place for education, knowledge, cultural exchange and insight into Muslim civilisations. It is home to a number of organisations founded by His Highness, including The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), and the Aga Khan Foundation UK (AKF UK).
AKC also houses the ‘Aga Khan Library, London’, which brings together the collections of IIS and AKU-ISMC.
The design of the Aga Khan Centre is influenced by Islamic architectural heritage. It is the first London building designed by Japanese architects Maki and Associates.
The new 10,000m2 building has ground level courtyards, to a vertical layout - placing a series of open learning and office spaces upwards around a central atrium. The building spans across 10 floors.
Landscaping by Maki and Associates, Madison Cox and Nelson Byrd Woltz.
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