Work to start on Hadid’s Middle East Centre in Oxford


Zaha Hadid’s extension to the Middle East Centre in the University of Oxford is set to begin construction later this month after an extended period of delay.

The project was designed by Hadid in 2006 for St. Anthony’s College, one of the seven graduate colleges of the University of Oxford, but due to a series of funding and planning issues, construction had been delayed. However, ground breaking has now been scheduled for 30th January 2013.

Hadid’s extension will provide a new library and archive for the Middle East Centre, built using stainless steel and glass.


Bridging the gap between the centre and the neighbouring college building, the structure will appear from the street as a reflective tunnel suspended in space.

The project is part of a wider masterplan for St. Antony’s College proposed by architects ADP.


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