Location: London, UK
Date: 2011-2012
Client: Aga Khan Foundation
Status: Concept Design
Size: 308 sqm
Credits: ACME: Friedrich Ludewig, Roberta Pari
The Ismaili Centre on Cromwell Road is the centre of the Ismaili community in London and plays an important role in the international work of His Highness the Aga Khan. As the research department of the Aga Khan Foundation has continued to expand over the past years, it has outgrown its current space within the Ismaili Centre.
By refurbishing currently disused gallery areas, we seek to find new uses for research areas and to create a public research library on the ground floor. The Ismaili Centre has a very strong architectural identity in the colour and materiality of its public spaces, and the refurbishment aims to expand on this architectural language. Textures and patterns are used to define an overarching identity and help to draw together a number of disjointed spaces previously not meant to operate with each other.