Zaha Hadid plans lagoon-side park
for Turkey's Expo 2020 bid


News: Zaha Hadid has masterplanned a 276-hectare site beside a lagoon in Izmir for Turkey's bid to host the World Expo 2020.

Located just outside the city centre, the site is part of the Inciralti region designated as a future tourist destination and renowned for its hot springs. Zaha Hadid's designs would transform the region into one of Europe’s largest urban recreation areas and it would remain as a public park once the fair was over.

The theme for the fair is entitled New Routes to a Better World/Health for All and will focus on mental and physical well-being as well as the well-being of society and the environment. The site and its surrounding infrastructure are thus designed to be environmentally friendly with a low carbon footprint.

Izmir narrowly missed out to Milan on the bid for the Expo 2015, while its competitors for the 2020 fair are São Paulo in Brazil, Yekaterinburg in Russia, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Dubai. The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) General Assembly in Paris is expected to reveal the winning city in November.

Zaha Hadid is currently also working on designs for a Qatar stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a metro station in Saudi Arabia and a residential skyscraper in Miami.

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  • vincent

    I like Zaha Hadid’s work the most when it’s integrated in its surroundings. That’s why I hate her Miami skyscraper design. This one, though, could become a nice one. Although I’m not convinced by the picture yet.

  • flomich

    Another spaceship landed on planet earth.

  • Arb

    What a poor sense of opportunity.

  • gizem a

    Even though EXPO 2020 will focus on mental and physical well-being as well as the well-being of society and the environment, Zaha Hadid is a threat to my physical and mental health with what she proposed for my home town.

    The scale of the project is huge and it will be a huge mark on the city’s development. Any architect should think twice about building actually on the sea and forest and claim it to be environmentally friendly!

    Using environmental friendliness in this way is just turning a good intent into the use of evil and hypocritical marketing which capitalism enjoys. Within your building you can reach some goals in terms of environmental friendliness, but if you are to look at it from the lens of geography or urban planning you look like a total idiot by this claim!

    The mayor is trying to keep the Inciralti region as a city forest and the government of Erdogan is trying so hard to open Inciralti green area to construction. I hope Izmir won’t win EXPO.