Zaha Hadid: Art design for the World Cup

Published November 21st, 2022 - 09:19 GMT
Mural of Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid
Mural of Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, drawn by Iraqi painter Wijdan al-Majed, on a concrete structure in Baghdad on April 26, 2022. The Iraqi artist is transforming Baghdad's concrete jungle into a colour-filled city with murals depicting well-known figures from the war-scarred country and abroad. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Zaha Hadid was one of the greatest architects of the 20th and 21st centuries.

She has such panache for turning concrete, cement and steel for the human feel and living.

The Iraqi born architect died in 2016 in London were she lived and practiced her profession and erected great buildings and structures, not just in London and England but all over the world. 

Then she was working also on the present Al Janoub Stadium which lies to the south of Doha in the city of Al Wakrah, a feisty structure for remembrance-sake.  

It was opened in 2019 and it is today one of the eight sports complexes hosting the 2022 World Cup that will surely be marked indelibly on the mind of every spectator who is in Qatar for the World Cup. 

Simply put Al Janoub Stadium is an architectural marvel etched by Hadid herself in postmodernist and futuristic style based on the environs of the Gulf area and designed to bring out local tradition and heritage. It resembled the traditional dhow boats and sails that were once the mainstay of region based on the seafaring, pearling economy. 

The Janoub Stadium has the capacity to seat 40,000 spectators. At present it is hosting some of the matches for the World Cup as well as the quarter-finals.

However, after the games, the stadium will be made smaller, half the seating capacity for the local Wakrah Football Club while the rest of the fixtures dismantled and donated to other countries. 



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