Zaha Hadid unveils design for
Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium


News: Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its design for the first of several new stadiums that will hold football matches during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Despite efforts to move the international football tournament to the winter, Zaha Hadid Architects is working alongside architecture and engineering firm AECOM to design a 40,000-seat venue that will be suitable for use during Qatar's hot summer climate.

Zaha Hadid unveils design for Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium

The stadium will be located in Al Wakrah, the southern-most city hosting the tournament. It is the first of up to nine stadiums that could be constructed in Qatari cities, with five expected to start on site next year.

According to project director Jim Heverin, the shape of the stadium will be based on the curved form of the Dhow - a type of Arabian fishing boat that can often be spotted at the town's harbour.

Zaha Hadid unveils design for Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium

This form will give the structure a curving roof intended to shield both players and spectators from the intense desert sunshine, which can cause temperatures to exceed beyond 50 degrees.

The architects also plan to combine mechanical air-conditioning with passive design principles to keep temperatures below 30 degrees.

During the tournament the venue will accommodate 40,000 spectators, but this will be reduced to 20,000 once the competition is over. Left-over seats will then be removed and shipped to developing countries.

Zaha Hadid is also currently working on a stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which recently came under fire after Japanese architects said it was too big.

Zaha Hadid unveils design for Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium

  • Blatter

    It looks like a vagina.

    • Frocean

      One vagina in a sea of penis towers.

      • takita

        People can’t stop coming to it.

  • TB

    Please take a break from Zaha. We’ve had enough.

    • amsam

      Sorry TB, I haven’t had enough of her work yet. Clearly folks who commission and pay for major buildings haven’t either.

  • cubert

    As seen as…

  • Norman

    A suitable partner for Norman Foster’s ‘Gherkin’?

  • ruth less

    #accidental vagine

  • ge_de


    A female architect born in an islamic country, designing a world class stadium for another islamic country that happens to look like a vagina. I don’t really think that’s an accidental vagina.

  • Steeevyo

    7 people commenting on here have never seen a vagina in their lives.

    • hellfire

      Did you accidentally stumble in from some gaming site or something?

  • Alvaro

    It looks like a baboon’s bum.

  • bonsaiman


  • Lucas

    Zaha’s vagina for Foster’s gherkin?! Barking up the wrong tree there ;)

  • JayCee

    Now it has the nickname, just watch how fast “design development” will make it look completely different.

  • Dhow Jones

    I have seen a vagina before, believe it or not, and this stadium looks nothing like it. But it does remind me of her Tokyo Olympic stadium. They must have dhows sailing around Tokyo Wan too.

  • Archiwild

    If that’s what your vagina looks like, you should probably go see a doctor.

  • david

    Held open by a ridiculous safety pin.

  • Terry

    Looks like a vagina with loads of little sperm entering it (people) lol.

  • Karen Johnston Dandewich

    You say that like it’s a bad thing. But seriously, it’s a lovely design.

  • jonathan antico

    You mean a giant vagina where 40000 people can get in? That’s gonna be fun.

  • Steven Halliday

    I get the comparison but Zaha Hadid has a lot bigger platform to force positive change. Not really apples for apples is it?

    Oh and I normally try to buy my clothes from the country I live in. Except suits, unfortunately Brasil doesn’t have a great reputation for manufacturing these.