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Two of Zaha Hadid's final designs set for Qatar

Zaha Hadid’s legacy to live on in two final designs in Qatar’s Lusail City

Inspired by the shape of the desert hyacinth, the one buildings is a 38-story tower in the Marina district of Lusail.
Inspired by the shape of the desert hyacinth, the one buildings is a 38-story tower in the Marina district of Lusail.

A Qatar-based company has announced plans to build two new buildings in Lusail City, designed by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, Doha News reported.

The buildings - one shaped like a desert flower close to the site of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final - were among the world-renowned designer's final creativities. 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, the brother of Qatar's Emir, commissioned Hadid in 2013 to create the structures.

One a 38-storey hotel in Lusail City, will take the form of a hyacinth and will feature a nine-pointed base that will shield visitors from the sun, Al-Alfia Holdings said in a statement. 

Hadid's firm ZHA is now developing plans to build the 70,000m2 tower in the Marina District of the city, in partnership with engineering firms Arup and Atelier Ten, according to Reuters.

The building, which will contain 120 apartments and 200 hotels rooms, is scheduled for completion in 2020.

No information has been provided with regards to the second building, however, in its statement, Al-Alfia made mention that it would be built "within the ongoing plan for future development of the city".

Now led by Patrik Schumacher, Hadid's architecture firm ZHA announced that it would complete 36 projects that has been started or were under contract before the architect's death. 

 

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