Ismaili Centre on Cromwell Road.

Ismaili Centre on Cromwell Road.

June 22, 2014
Ismaili Centre and entrance to South Kensington underground station next to the building.

Ismaili Centre and entrance to South Kensington underground station next to the building.

August 2011
Ismaili Centre in South Kensington. View to the building from Cromwell Road

Ismaili Centre in South Kensington. View to the building from Cromwell Road

August 2011
Ismaili Centre in South Kensington, London SW7.

Ismaili Centre in South Kensington, London SW7.

August 2011

Ismaili Centre

Cromwell Gardens, London SW7 2SL

Description of Ismaili Centre

Ismaili Centre building on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, London SW7.

Ismaili Centre, London was opened by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 24 April 1985 before the Aga Khan, government leaders, diplomats and leaders of the Ismaili community from around the world.

The architects, the Casson Conder Partnership, were presented with an unusual design brief. They were requested to design an institutional building in an area of London which had a very great architectural diversity but which clearly had Western inspiration. The Centre sought to be compatible with its surroundings, but at the same time to meet the specific requirements of the Ismaili community and reflect the mood of Islamic architectural tradition.

The new building had to make available a substantial amount of space for use by members of the Ismaili community itself as well as by others. Space was required for the community's religious education, senior citizen, youth and other institutional activities, such as committee meetings, seminars and receptions. In addition, the design had to meet the desire for the inclusion of a substantial public exhibition gallery.

The design of the building had to be such that it could deal with relatively large numbers of people entering and leaving the building, without causing major disturbance. This had to be accomplished on an extremely prominent island site in one of the busiest areas of London and in an acceptable cross-cultural architectural language, which encompassed the architectural traditions of the Muslim community the building is designed to serve. In the process, a large number of individuals were consulted, such as leaders of the Ismaili community, renowned Islamic scholars and architects and designers specialised in Islamic art and design.

The Ismaili Centre is opposite the Museum of Natural History and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The area presents a variety of imposing and elaborately modelled facades, very different from each other in terracotta, brick and stone. One of the few elements which these buildings, built in different materials at different times, has in common is the light colour of their facades. The Ismaili Centre's exterior has used materials and colours which are compatible with those of the surrounding buildings while at the same time in keeping with the traditional Islamic idiom and its colours of whites, light greys and blues.


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The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
South Kensington Underground Station
Circle, District, Piccadilly
Victoria & Albert Museum

News: (2)

Could you please tell me the various materials used for this buiding please? They look unusual and interesting!

26/09/2011 17:35 by

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03/09/2011 15:27 by Buildington

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