The Ismaili Centre, London is one of five such centres World-wide. Established in South Kensington more than a quarter of a century ago, it is a religious, social and cultural meeting place for the Ismaili Muslim community in the United Kingdom and is the first such centre to be specially designed and built for Ismailis in the Western world.
The area surrounding the Ismaili Centre includes prominent buildings with imposing facades 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.