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Investcorp Building nominated for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

Following being named the world’s best higher education & research building at the World Architecture Festival 2016, as well as receiving Oxford Preservation Trust and RIBA National Awards, the Investcorp Building, Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford University has been nominated for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

The Investcorp Building connects disparate buildings within the college, defining a series of spaces for the centre’s renowned archive, library and seminar programmes; allowing the Middle East Centre to expand its commitment as a vital forum of research and debate. Integrating new academic and research facilities within a design defined by the existing built and natural environment of the college, the Investcorp Building maintains the detached character of the college’s existing buildings, allowing them to be read as separate elements. The design weaves through the restricted site at St Antony’s College while its stainless steel façade softly reflects natural light to echo the building’s context.

Mies van der Rohe Award 

Oxford University’s Middle East Centre 

(Above image © Luke Hayes)