building on faith

surrounded by many nationally significant institutions, including natural history museum and victoria & albert museum; ismaili centre sought to be compatible with south kensington’s victorian elegance but at the same time reflect the islamic architectural tradition.

it is hard to fail to notice this strikingly modern design by the casson conder partnership architects if you are starting or finishing up exhibition road stroll at south kensington station—as it situates right next to it.

aiming to compete with the surrounding buildings and simultaneously present its symbolic intention with distinctive islamic architectural narratives, the building has both “un-western” and “western” features. 

light greys, whites and blues of the exterior materials, panels in stainless steel, bevelled and teak glass, and three different surface finishes to the granite are some architectural elements of the building. 

this twisted orthodox british modernism with a little symbolic touch by the partnership architects accompanies the advantages of facing one of the most prominent lands of the city.

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photos & text: derya adıyaman

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