Qatar’s newest planned, Lusail City will have two original Zaha Hadid designs.
Al Alfia Holding has announced that they will develop two of late world renowned architect, Zaha Hadid’s, designs in the Marina district of Lusail City.
The two new buildings are some of the Iraqi national’s final designs, before passing away last March.
Revealing the first of the two, is a 38 story, 70,000 square meter hotel, with will also house permanent residents. The unique design will host more than 200 rooms and 120 residential apartments.
The design was inspired by the desert hyacinth, a blooming plant native to the gulf’s landscape and coastline.
Scheduled to be ready by 2020, the tower starts with a large nine pointed podium and expands into interwoven geometric patterns, similar to the hyacinth. The building will also be one of the most sustainable, as it fits the challenging climate of Qatar, Hadid previously explained.
Zaha Hadid, was an Iraqi-born British architect. She was an outstanding visionary in architecture, earning her several awards and honors. Among them, she was the first Arab woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, and receiving the Stirling Prize twice, in 2010 and 2011. She is also a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire since 2012, and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal for architecture.
Some of her notable work include the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum in the U.S., and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.