Zaha Hadid’s interpolation at St. Anthony’s College
A world famous British architect, Zaha Hadid, designed the New Middle East Centre at St. Anthony’s college at University of Oxford. According to the words of Dr. Eugene Rogan, the director of Middle East Centre, Hadid was the perfect choice for the project as she is one of Britain’s most acclaimed architects with the Middle East roots – which goes along with the Centre’s vision. The Building is designed in recognizable Hadid style and it is strongly contrasting the existing Victorian architecture, but at the same time it mirrors the surroundings with its reflective surface.
The curved structure clad in stainless steel creates a tunnel that connects two buildings and it intentionally protects an existing sequoia tree. Oak Veneer timber panels and unfinished precast concrete dominate the High-end interior while 25 skylights ensure plenty of daylight.
The new 1127 square meters building doubles the space of the Centre and includes a lecture theater, a gallery, a library and archive reading rooms. The building was named Investcorp, by its investor.