Generosity of natural light and volume
Stanton Williams for Aga Khan Development Network
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 9,029 m²
Victoria Halls supports cultural identity for graduate students of Aga Khan University. And the architect has set a new bar for design quality in student residences. Immaculate detailing and high quality, natural finishes convey a sense of permanence, referencing both the adobe architecture of the Middle East and the heritage of King’s Cross.
A recessed volume in the ground floor plinth welcomes visitors to the reception. The sequence of spaces from the timber panelled reception up to the courtyard works very well, creating the opportunities to rest, meet and dwell with other fellow students. At all times, one experiences the generosity of natural light and volume together with views across into communal areas through the large expanse of delicate glazed walls. Crafted detailing of the internal spaces combines furniture with surfaces, the bespoke carved oak benches and warm limestone floors working together beautifully.