Investcorp Building

Investcorp Building

Tours of the Investcorp Building are by appointment only, on Tuesdays; please note that it is not possible to view the building during weekends or term time

  • To book a tour please contact and provide your contact information, aim of visit and group size (maximum group size 25)
  • Your tour will be led by one of our administrators and will last around 30-45 minutes
  • Your tour will give you access to the interior gallery space, lecture theatre, and library reading room although please note that we are unable to guarantee acceess to all these spaces for every tour
  • 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

Facts & Figures

  • Designed by internaionally renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid
  • Named in recognition of the global investment group, Investcorp's remarkable support for the construction of the building - Mr Nemir Kirdar is the founder of Investcorp
  • 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 underground lecture theatre
  • Library – 26 reader stations | doubling of the original library's book storage capacity | electronic stacks
  • Archive – 7 reader stations | provision of environmentally controlled storage for photographic and paper collections
  • Gallery and kitchen - where library and archive readers, staff and students of the Middle East Centre can enjoy tea and coffee provided by the Middle East Centre

                                Dama Zaha Hadid, architect of the Investcorp Building​   Mr Nemir Kirdar, Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of the global investment group, Investcorp, funder of the Investcorp Building constructionProfessor Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre and central to the Investcorp Buidling project construction


     ​​​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