Ismaili Centre London – Cromwell Gardens Building

Ismaili Centre, West London Architecture, Cromwell Gardens Building, Images

Ismaili Centre, London

Cromwell Gardens Architecture: SW7 Building, England – design by Casson Conder Architects

12 Jul 2009

Ismaili Centre London

Location: Cromwell Gardens, London SW7 – opp. Victoria & Albert Museum
Date: 1983
Design: Casson Conder

Ismaili Centre
photo © Nick Weall

Opened: 1985

Address: 1-7 Cromwell Gardens, London Area, London SW7 2SL

Phone: 020 7581 2071

Ismaili Centre Building Ismaili Centre London
photos © Adrian Welch

The Ismaili Centre in London is a religious, social and cultural meeting place for the Ismaili Muslim community in the United Kingdom. Opened in 1985, the Centre is the first religious and cultural centre to be specially designed and built for the Ismaili community in the West.

Located in South Kensington, the Ismaili Centre occupies a prominent island site on Cromwell Road, facing the Victoria and Albert Museum on one of the major thoroughfares leading out of London.

The area surrounding 1-7 Cromwell Gardens, includes prominent buildings with imposing façades such as the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Centre’s architectural called for the building to be compatible with its surroundings, while remaining true to the Islamic architectural tradition.

The building that Casson Conder Partnership produced is of a strikingly modern design. The exterior materials in whites, light greys and blues do not compete with those of the surrounding buildings. The Centre is subdued, yet it is bears a distinctly Islamic character. A particularly interesting architectural element is its roof-top charbagh garden.

Casson Conder

Location:1-7 Cromwell Gardens, London SW7