Adding new building space on historic university campuses is a difficult task. This was the problem Zaha Hadid faced when commissioned to add a library and study space extension to the Middle East Centre at Oxford.
Not only was space itself tight, but adding on directly or otherwise altering existing structures is a challenge. So, Hadid used the available space, which goes over a walkway and abuts an outdoor common areas, and new underground space to create a fluid, morphing structure that does not disturb the existing building or take up precious open space. The project is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed next year.