Dubai – “ASWAQ”
Qatar will construct two buildings designed by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, which includes a tower shaped like a desert flower near the site of the 2022 World Cup final, according to a member of its ruling family recently.
The late Hadid was commissioned in 2013 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, the brother of Qatar’s Emir, to create the structures comprising a 38-storey hotel resembling a hyacinth which features a nine-pointed base to shield visitors from the scorching Gulf sun. The structures are designed in response to current and future environmental challenges and will be built by Al Alfia Holding by 2020 in the city of Lusail, 23km north of the capital Doha.
Hadid, who died in March, had said of the project, “We often look at nature’s systems when we work to create environments, at their unrivalled logic and coherence.”
Hadid’s architecture firm ZHA, now led by Patrik Schumacher, has announced several new projects which include a new central business district for Prague and a technology park near Moscow.
The firm also said it would complete 36 projects that had been started or were under contract before Hadid’s death including an “oyster-like” ferry terminal in Salerno, Italy, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, and the Mathematics Gallery at London’s Science Museum.