Award-winning accommodation in King's Cross
Located within the King’s Cross Central development in Central London, Victoria Hall is our award-winning halls of residence. 198 state-of-the-art bedrooms are occupied by students from the Aga Khna University and the Institute of Ismaili Studies, as well as students from other universities
Designed by award-winning London-based Stanton Williams Architects, the design and specifications of the eleven-storey building are equal to the best in the student housing market, with spacious single rooms, studios, disabled rooms and a small number of one bedroom apartments. Within the building there are a number of generous communal spaces, which include an onsite gym, reading room, meeting and A/V room and a lounge area.
The design concept is of a single form, carved out to create two 12-storey blocks bookending a sunny plinth. On top of the plinth is a courtyard garden in front of an eight-storey block set back from the street. This middle block has a tiled garden on its top floor reminiscent of the courtyard gardens of Morocco and the Mahgreb.
The ground-floor entrance is spacious and allows clusters of students to gather. Benches are found both in the reception area and carved into the niches of the corridors, turning these spaces into social zones.
The eight-point star pattern designed by Maki and Associates is echoed in Victoria Hall; set on to the glass and carved into the courtyard, as well as appearing in the architectural benches subtly emphasising its connection with the Aga Khan Centre.
The student housing building also benefits from two open spaces, a courtyard and a roof terrace, inspired by the beautiful gardens of the Maghreb (Morocco) and Andalusia (Spain). Both of the open spaces have been designed by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architects, who are renowned for creating timeless poetic landscapes that put nature on the centre stage.
Victoria Hall has a BREEAM sustainability rating of ‘Excellent’. Power, heating and hot water supplies are provided through the low carbon district energy system.
The richness and diversity of the students - who come from a range of countries, speak a multitude of languages, derive from various cultural and faith backgrounds, and are of all ages - reflects the cosmopolitan nature of the city of London, whilst also being reflected in the design and decor of the building and gardens.
Stanton Williams Architects
Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architects