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ZAHA HADID: THE ‘QUEEN OF THE CURVE’ AND HER AL WAKRAH DESIGN



ZAHA:

Iraq born British architect Zaha Mohammad Hadid, who was once described by The Guardian as the ‘Queen of the Curve’, is no more with us. She left us in 2016 leaving behind a long trail of her tall works on the sides.

image courtesy: TIME MAGAZINE

AL-WAKRAH:

Her memory is living all through with her marvellous designs. The construction of one of her design is rapidly progressing in Qatar, a small Middle Eastern nation. Qatar had won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The authorities have recently released a video depicting the progress made on the Al-Wakrah stadium, a proposed FIFA 2022 World Cup stadium.

DESIGN:

According to Zaha, the design of the stadium was inspired by the curved shape of a ‘dhow’- a small boat used in the harbours of Qatar. Zaha had dismissed a controversy brewed at that time regarding the design of the stadium that resembles women labia.



RESPONSE:

She had countered the argument in an interview to the Time Magazine at that time stating that “It’s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this. What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That’s ridiculous.”

CONTROVERSIES:

All through, the construction was also marred by several controversies. The western media had accused Qatar of severe human rights abuses in their worksites. The British media had also reported about the death of 882 labourers since the construction began in the World Cup sites.

WATCH THE UNRAVELLING OF ZAHA’S DESIGN

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