In March the Supreme Committee dismissed all entries from top architectural practices, claiming none met the expectations. Now Qataris invited some of them to workshops and now saw entries from four shortlisted offices.
Back in March, after a long year since its launch, the open competition for final design of Lusail Iconic Stadium was cancelled. According to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy none of them represented what the hosts were looking for, which caused some irritation among best architects taking part in the competition.
Now, not to waste time on another fully open and unpredictable competition, the Supreme Committee invited a limited number of architects to workshops. These were hoped to give a clearer image of what Qatar expects from its 86,000-capacity World Cup final stadium.
Their proposals were submitted last week. Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects are all vying for the job.
First of the companies was already working on the project in 2010, creating the initial bid submitted to FIFA, which you can see below: