Aga Khan Centre
Built as a centre for learning, cultural exchange and insight into Muslim cultures, the 10,000 sqm Aga Khan Centre is designed primarily for an academic community. Arranged over nine levels above ground the Aga Khan Centre is located at the centre of the King’s Cross development on a corner site facing Lewis Cubitt Park and Handyside Street.
The design incorporates eight Islamic gardens located alongside the building, and on roof gardens, terraces and courtyards inside the educational centre. We supported the installation by planting the soft landscape on four of the gardens, but notably The Garden of Life and the Garden of Light. Each roof garden, terrace and courtyard represent, through contemporary landscape design, a garden from a different region of the Muslim World.
The collection of gardens by Landscape designers Maki and Associates, Madison Cox and Nelson Byrd Woltz. within the Aga Khan Centre are conceptually connected to the gardens at Victoria Hall as a “ribbon pathway” of green spaces. We have installed a temporary garden for the students of Victoria Hall King’s Cross, across the way from the Aga Khan Centre, which is a hall of residence providing accommodation for students of The Institute of Ismaili Studies and the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations as well as other students studying in London.
The planned Jellicoe Gardens designed by Tom Stuart Smith where we have currently installed a number of trees already such as Platanus orientalis (oriental plane), Cercis siliquastrum (Judus tree) and Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood) is to open to the public in 2020.
The Garden of Life