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.

    • sp ong

      Where world class athletes are born!

      • Chase Miller

        Where bad architecture goes to die

    • 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.

      • Edmond V.O. Katusz

        Because it serves their egos in the first place, and if tax money is involved they are gladly spending that. Salut!

      • Chase Miller

        So you haven’t seen enough of her shit architecture yet? You sick masochist

        • amsam

          Anyone who inspires that much cross-eyed rage has got to be doing something right

  • Ruth

    #accidental vagina

  • 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.

    • BenGMorgan

      I thought the same thing! Beyond that though, as a female architect, perhaps, just perhaps, she is making a comment on the hundreds (if not thousands) of years of phallic architecture by her male counterparts?

      If she really is making a comment, she has redeemed herself in my eyes. But I get this strange feeling this may never be built if that’s the case.

    • BenGMorgan

      Oh, and I think it’s a beautiful form!

    • Siegfred Dabon

      Indeed, looks like shape of a vagina.

  • Avatar

    Is she aware about the atrocities carried on immigrant labor slaves who will build this vagina? If she is aware, then ethically she should not work with Qatari authorities!

    • fichblue

      I read a snippet of an interview with her where she was asked about this. I believe she said that the architect cannot be responsible for the labor practices of every nation they build in.

      • Steven Halliday

        I really hope that wasn’t her answer. This type of ‘not in my control’ response is absolute bullshit.

        • amsam

          Easy to say when you’ve never been faced with that dilemma. Oh wait, you have been. Ever worn a garment made in a developing country?

  • 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


  • LuvZaha

    Looks like the top of a fleshlight.

  • Leo

    The weather must be quite mild in Qatar for all these folks be promenading on this large paved surface.

  • Sam

    Apart from the fact this doesn’t have any extended walkways, the stadium looks pretty much identical to the Japan scheme. A scheme by the way, which has provoked such controversy, that other architects have publicly spoken out against the design.

    Obviously Japan and Qatar are sooooo similar in terms of climate, physical context, and cultural context that it’s only normal that these should look and function in the same way.

    Just to balance this out, there looks to be some perforated screens and the facade, that could be nice.

  • Pamah


  • 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.

  • Lil

    There is definitely O’Keeffe’s influence here.

  • Archiwild

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

  • David

    If the Daily Show is going off on the design, then you know it’s bad.

  • 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.

  • Oli

    Taking a step further towards the vagina theories (or not), it feels to me like Zaha Architects are becoming more like Apple? Everything in the video is “Amazing” and they have the guts to build a Vagina stadium in an Arabic country. Interesting.

  • Herdsman

    I’ve not heard a better description of this architect who is now boring. Boring work!

  • gs
  • Rodrigo Lopez

    Thanks for your take, Amy. It’s not every day that architectural visualisations like these, that we produced, permeate several news cycles around the
    world. But honestly, we’re not surprised. Not because of what Zaha Hadid designed, complete with her signature curves, but because visualisation is meant to instigate discussion – something we strive to do at Neoscape.

  • 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.

  • Lachy Wiles

    There’s no denying that it does resemble a vagina. I wonder how closely it resembles those boats and if Zaha ever thought that it looks like a vagina…