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Revealed: first image of Maki's proposed UK debut


The first building in the UK to be designed by award-winning Japanese practice Maki and Associates has been submitted to Camden planners

The firm has drawn up detailed designs for a new home for the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, both part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

If the plans are approved, both institutions will move to the proposed new nine storey building at Argent’s King’s Cross Central development from their current home on the Euston Road, also in the borough.

The building - known as R1 - will provide 8,780m² of academic space and ancillary facilities, along with 387m2 of retail space on the ground floor.

Maki is proposing limestone cladding as the primary material for a piano-Nobile section, while the base and crown are ‘predominantly glazed with elements of contrasting metalwork’, according to the design and access statement produced alongside the application.

It said: ‘The materiality of the external cladding of the facade (the base, piano-Nobile and crown) articulates the spaces within, whilst responding to the building’s external context and setting, in particular the historical use of limestone throughout London which is evident throughout surrounding historical buildings within the Kings Cross site.’

The main floor plates surround a central atrium and the designs include several gardens and terraces at different levels.

The design provides for an overall reduction in carbon emissions of 35 per cent against Building Regulations Part L2A 2013, incorporating high performance building fabric, passive design features and a low carbon energy supply. The developer said that a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating is being targeted.

Maki is best known for projects including as 4 World Trade Centre, New York, and the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ontario, Canada, also in association with the AKDN.

AKDN is a group of non-denominational organisations working to improve the welfare of people in the developing world, particularly Asia and Africa.





Readers' comments (3)

  • Nothing special really.

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  • Oh, very worth waiting for ?

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  • J C Muirhead

    Would seem a little harsh to pass judgement on one, admittedly, uninspiring massing photo-montage

    Note to Argent and Maki Architects - for a visually literate audience, this was a badly missed promotional opportunity

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