Planners have recommended approval for the first UK scheme by award-winning Japanese practice Maki and Associates
At a meeting of Camden Council’s development control committee on Friday (7 August), councillors will consider plans for a nine storey building providing 8,780m² of educational floorspace for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
The scheme has been submitted as a full application because part of the boundary falls outside of the 2006 outline permission granted to developer Argent for former railway land at King’s Cross.
The proposed building would contain administrative space for the Institute of Ismaili Studies and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations plus a library and classrooms, along with ground floor shops and restaurants.
A report by planners said: ‘This is an elegantly detailed high quality proposal with strong sculptural expression derived from program and contextual analysis.