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Zaha Hadid Plops a Shiny Steel Tube on Oxford's Campus

All photos by <a href="">Luke Hayes</a> via <a href="">Dezeen</a>
All photos by Luke Hayes via Dezeen

England's Oxford University officially has a new piece of starchitecture on campus and it comes in the form of a Zaha Hadid-designed building that sort of looks a giant metallic periscope. The new facility, which will house an expansion of the school's Middle East Center, adds a new lecture hall, library, and archive space over three above-ground stories and one basement level. According to Dezeen, it was designed to "match the scale and massing" of existing buildings on campus. The result, though, still screams "Zaha." With its warped and reflective stainless-steel-clad body, the new construction stands in great contrast to the both the brick-and-stone Victorian-era structures and the 1970s brutalist building nearby. There are no crazy cantilevers going on here though, unlike Hadid's library for the Vienna University of Economics and Business, so at least it won't be raining concrete panels.

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