Stainless steel in Oxford University

by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Investcorp Building for Oxford University's Middle East Centre at St. Antony's College

Courtesy of Zaha-Hadid

This new and amazing finger connects the Middle East Centre founded in 1957 with the nearby building providing 1.127 square metres of additional fllor space available for the Middle East Centre's facilities.  The Investcorp Building complements de College's ongoing development. Its design weaves through the restricted site at St. Antony's College to connect and incorporate the existing protected buildings and trees; while its stainless steel façade reflects natural light to echo the building's context. 

"The building integrates new academic and research facilities within a design defined by the existing built and natural environment of the college. The project maintains the detached character of the college’s current buildings, allowing them to be read as separate elements, while introducing a contemporary building that conveys the past, present and future evolution of the college, university and city." -

The envelope has been made using electro polished stainless steel, 2 mm thick and glass, aiming to develop a healthy and enjoyable space, where both students and staff can develop and contribute to their maximum potential.