The Investcorp Building containing the new Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for Oxford University has been awarded the RIBA National Award 2016.
The judges appreciated the project's ability to blend into its built and natural setting, permitting separate interpretation of all the elements of which it is composed.
The judges also praised the architects' technical skill in creating the stainless steel façade of the building, which reflects daylight and its surroundings and folds gently around an ancient tree present on the site.
Another of Zaha Hadid's projects, the d'Leedon housing development in Singapore, has been named World Gold Winner by the FIABCI (Federation Internationale des Administrateurs de Biens et Conseils Immobiliers) World Prix d’Excellence in the Residential High-Rise category. The award is presented by a panel of judges consisting of experts and real estate professionals to a large-scale project of particular aesthetic and functional value.
Zaha Hadid Architects' d'Leedon Singapore is a housing complex consisting of seven towers with 36 floors each. The towers' unusual petal-shaped floor plan permits optimal positioning and orientation to make the most of the area's natural features, such as natural ventilation for the kitchens and bathrooms.
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Investcorp Building photo by Luke Hayes
d'Leedon Singapore photo by Hufton+Crow