middle east center bridge building in oxford by zaha hadid breaks ground
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jan 31, 2013
middle east center bridge building in oxford by zaha hadid breaks ground


‘middle east center, st. antony’s college’ by zaha hadid, oxford, united kingdom
all images courtesy of zaha hadid architects

 

 

the newest addition to st. antony’s college in oxford broke ground yesterday, starting the construction process for the new ‘middle east center’
by acclaimed architect zaha hadid. the bridge building will house a new library, research center, stacks, auditorium, cafe and individual reading
rooms in 1200 square meters suspended between two existing archives originally built in the early 19th century on the university’s campus,
and will be a key facility supporting the interdisciplinary study of contemporary middle eastern culture. an almost seamless stainless steel skin
wraps the organically fluid structure reflecting a distorted version of the world around it. a series of skylights illuminated the reading area on the
second level, and frame-less glass panels enclose the sunken courtyard facing the quads.

 

 


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reading area

 

 


auditorium

 

 


sunken courtyard

 

 

 



floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


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project info:

 

 

location: oxford, united kingdom
date: 2006 – 2013
current stage: construction
total floor area: 1,200m²
site area: 900m²
footprint area: 900m²

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