Academic Building – The Aga Khan Centre
Classes led by IIS faculty will be held at the Aga Khan Centre. The academic building has been designed by Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, who also designed the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (Ottawa, 2008) and the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, 2014). This signature building features the Islamic Gardens of London, which are inspired by the rich heritage of gardens in Muslim contexts. Each green space within our complex of buildings corresponds to the landscape of a given country or region of the Muslim world.
The collection of gardens is a unique and distinctive feature of the development. The relationship with the natural world will resonate harmoniously with the landscaped gardens, leafy parks, squares and pathways already welcoming the public across the King’s Cross development.
The Aga Khan Centre is a place to learn and study, housing a two level library and state of the art lecture and classrooms. Level one through to four of the building house the teaching and learning spaces for IIS students. With large and smaller seminar rooms where students will have lectures and seminars as well as a student lounge for them to relax, they can spend time with colleagues and eat during their breaks between classes. The upper floors house offices for faculty members as well as members of staff for the other departments within the IIS. The building is shared with the Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. The Aga Khan Centre is a short walk from student halls of residence.
Accommodation – Victoria Hall King's Cross
Designed by the multiple-award winning architects Stanton Williams, Victoria Hall King’s Cross is an extraordinary new building for students who are looking for a more enriching place to live and study. Built to the highest standards from limestone, oak, brick and metalwork, the accommodation was conceived with ergonomics, nature and well-being at the forefront of our thinking.
The ground and first floors are set aside for shared spaces. There is a large social lounge for relaxing, eating, watching TV and playing games, a breakout room for studying and meeting, a reading room, a courtyard garden and plenty of bicycle parking. Natural light is utilised throughout the building and as many rooms as possible face south. On the eighth floor there is a fitness room and a stunning garden terrace with views across London.
In each room, large desks let students spread out to facilitate different study habits; there is a double bed and plenty of storage space, an upholstered desk chair, and a lounge chair. Every room also features an en-suite bathroom. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and each bedroom can access the high-speed broadband connection. The communal spaces are equally spacious with plenty of room in the shared dining area and kitchen areas to store their groceries and cook for themselves or with their flatmates.