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Zaha Hadid’s Skyscraper Project in Qatar

Leyla Güvenç
Leyla Güvenç
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Zaha Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize in Architecture) in 2004.

Known as an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, she always aimed to push the limits of indoor and outdoor structures while creating her designs.



Unfortunately, the ‘Queen of the curve’ Zaha Hadid died aged 65 from an heart attack in March 2016 and left many uncompleted projects behind.

Zaha Hadid Architects revealed the plans for Qatari Skyscraper a short time ago which is a tower in Lusail which is located 20 km North from Doha neighboring a coast. The tower is planned to be 38 flatted and around 753 thousand square meters, including a hotel of 200 rooms and 120 apartments.

The Project brought Arup and Atelier Tenbe engineering together.

The skyscraper was designed to resemble the form of a desert hyacinth, a flowering plant native to the Persian Gulf region. “We often look at nature’s systems when we work to create environments; at her unrivaled logic and coherence,” said Hadid in an earlier statement about the project. As such, the design resembles a nine-pointed flower with a bulging base that will protect visitors from the elements as they enter the building.

Hadid also often stated that she was inspired by the nature and the logic behind the whole system in the nature which is obviously seen within this Project.

The tower is planned to be finished in 2020 and for the exterior structure Hadid said that:

“Fluidity is embedded within the region’s architectural heritage and traditions. Continuous calligraphic and geometric patterns flow from domes to ceilings, ceilings to walls, walls to floors, establishing seamless relationships and blurring distinctions between architectural elements.”


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