The Victoria Hall student residential building in King’s Cross provides 198 state-of-the-art bedrooms, predominantly for use by students attending the Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and the Institute for Ismaili Studies (IIS).
Designed bt Stanton Williams, the building draws inspiration from the architecture of the Middle East to provide stimulating environments for students to live and work. The development has been built to the highest standards utilising a palette of materials including limestone, oak, brick and metalwork.
Conceived as a shape carved from a single block,
the building has two 12-storey wings connected by a ground floor plinth and a central 8-storey element set back from the street. It is this form that creates the peaceful courtyard gardens on the first and eighth floors that have been designed with reference to Islamic gardens found in the Andalusia region of the south of Spain, and the courtyard gardens of Morocco.
Shadbolt were asked to manufacture and supply the project with bespoke FSC® certified, slip matched straight grain European oak veneered FD30 and FD60 fire performance doors and hardwood framesets. Class O veneered acoustic panelling was also supplied throughout the building.