Steel-clad library for Oxford college

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a new £11 million building for the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

1 June 2015

It provides 1,127sq m of extra floor space and a 117-seat subterranean lecture theatre, doubling the space available for the centre’s expanding library and archive.

The building, known as the Investcorp Building, was commissioned by the College to meet the demand placed on its resources by a dramatic increase in student numbers.

The design weaves through the restricted site to incorporate the existing buildings and trees.

The interior shelving was designed and supplied by Bruynzeel. 

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