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Japan’s Fumihiko Maki to design Aga Khan university in London

Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki of Japan has been chosen to design an Aga Khan university and cultural centre in King’s Cross, London

Maki – who designed the Aga Khan Foundation’s Toronto cultural centre – is working up preliminary designs for the organisation’s new flagship base in Argent’s 27-hectare King’s Cross regeneration.

The 84-year-old is designing a university and cultural centre while other architects are involved in three further projects comprising an institute of Ismailistudies building, student accommodation and an administrative block. Formal appointments have yet to be made.

The entire development is thought to total 47,000m². The project would be located close to Stanton William’s £90 million Central Saint Martins campus which won the major building project prize at this week’s BCI Awards.

A spokesperson for the organisation said: ‘We can confirm that preliminary design studies are under way. We will be moving towards formal appointments shortly.’

 

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