Investcorp Building

Investcorp Building

Tours of the Investcorp Building are by appointment only, on Wednesday afternoons at 3.30pm and then again at 4pm. Please note that it is not possible to view the building during weekends

  • To book a tour please contact mec@sant.ox.ac.uk and provide your contact information, aim of visit and group size (maximum group size 25)
  • Tours last approximately 30 minutes and include access to gallery spaces, lecture theatre, library and archive reading rooms
  • Tours are free, however we welcome a small donation to our Albert Hourani Scholarship fund that is awarded yearly to an MPhil student in Modern Middle Eastern Studies; to donate please visit University donation website

                               Albert Hourani, the first director of the Middle East Centre of St Antony's College, photography by Ramsey Muspratt, Oxford  Nemir Kirdar founding CEO of Investcorp group and funder of Investcorp Building of the MIddle East Centre, St Antony's College  Dame Zaha Hadid at the Investcorp Building opening May 2015


Facts & Figures

  • Designed by Dame Zaha Hadid
  • Commissioned in 2006; ground breaking in January 2013; completed and opened by Dame Zaha Hadid in May 2015
  • 1200m2 total floor area
  • 900m2 total footprint area
  • 117-seat lecture theatre
  • Library – 26 reader stations and doubling of book storage area
  • Archive – 7 reader stations and provision of environmentally controlled storage for photographic and paper collections

Awards 

  • Lux Award (for lighting)
  • Oxford Preservation Trust New Building Award 2015
  • RIBA South Award 2016
  • RIBA National Award 2016
  • Award in Higher Education and Research Category at the World Architecture Festival 2016

     ​​​Investcorp Building south facade; the funnel shape make efficient use of the restricted space in which it sits  Investcorp building east view away from Woodstock Road


In the Media

  • “Zaha Hadid expressed an architecture and form that allows the interior of the spaces to enjoy the view of the urban setting while cladding the building in a material that says ‘I am the future’”.  – Judges of the World Architecture Festival 2016 awards
  • “ […] Great virtuosity and technical skill. […] The building weaves through the site to connect the existing protected buildings and trees, while its stainless steel facade reflects its surroundings. A surprising feeling of moulded intimacy, in contrast with the weighty and beautiful concrete forms. – RIBA Journal                                                           
  • An iconic extension to the Middle East Centre […] where a radical vision meets a pragmatic solution. Beyond its practical function, it has created a distinctive landmark on Oxford’s architectural landscape. A sinuous, softly reflective steel-clad form, seemingly floating, suspended between its Victorian and Edwardian neighbours. – BAM

 Investcorp building stairwell from basement to ground floor  Investcorp building ground floor communal coffee area  Investcorp building library reading room skylights  Investcorp building stairwell downward view

  • Complements the college’s ongoing development […] 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.ArchDaily
  • […] undoubtedly Hadid’s most intriguing small building, one that she originally described as “a soft bridge”. […] The high-tech vibe of the steel shell gives way to a series of beautifully crafted interiors. The Independent
  • Exquisite […] clearly the work of artistry and landscaping as well as structural ingenuity. […] Innovative and graceful, the Investcorp Building is destined to play its part in various forms of bridge building […] a building that, without bombast or sensation, suggests at least some way forward on all fronts, a tentative bridge to a more enlightened future.  – The Telegraph 

                 Investcorp building aerial view  Investcorp building 117-seat lecture theatre  Investcorp building view from Woodstock Road


Photography of Investcorp Building courtesy of @Luke Hayes and NAARO  | Further info available at Zaha Hadid Architects