Her team has only designed one stadium so far, but isn’t stopping there as Zaha Hadid snaps the contract to co-design the Al-Wakrah World Cup stadium. Works are to start immediately, according to Dezeen.com.
Joint forces of AECOM and Zaha Hadid Architects will be responsible for the new Al-Wakrah Stadium. With the initial concept having been drawn back in 2009 (above), we shouldn’t expect any of it to be retained in the final outcome.
The vision set by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee is one that embraces the cultural heritage of the host city and the adjacent historical Qatari settlement of Al Wukair, one of Qatar’s first inhabited areas with distinctive architecture. Incorporating this identity will be a crucial part of the stadium design and enhancing the fan experience.
The stadium should hold some 45,000 people during the FIFA tournament, while legacy plan envisages leaving 20,000 permanent seats and dismantling the rest.
For Zaha Hadid it’s only the second stadium after last year’s winning bid for Japan’s new national stadium. AECOM in turn has a rich portfolio of large venues built in the US. Both companies were engaged in plans for some of the 2012 Olympics venues.