Ismaili Centre in spotlight for Open House London weekend – Exhibition Road com News Article

14 September 2011

The Ismaili Centre in South Kensington looks set to welcome a host of new visitors on Sunday 18 September, when it takes part in the Open House London weekend.

Every September, Open House London gives people the opportunity to experience more than 700 of the capital’s most prestigious and architecturally significant buildings and spaces for free. Opened in 1989, The Ismaili Centre was the first religious, cultural and social space for the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim community in the west. It is now one of a family of five centres internationally, with a sixth due to open in Toronto soon.

Designed by the Casson Conder Partnership, the London building draws upon Islamic traditions in architecture and geometrical design while adapting them to the context of a metropolitan city.

Karl Schamminger’s seven-sided blue granite fountain greets visitors in the entrance hall

 During Open House London, visitors in tour groups of a maximum of 100 will see the centre’s entrance fountain and explore the Persian-inspired charbagh-style roof garden, while learning about the cultural significance of the building.

Tours will run from 10am to 4.30pm and operate on a first come, first served basis. It is recommended that visitors arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

To find out more about the international family of Ismaili centres, visit their website here.

Source: Exhibition Road Com

 

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