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Zaha Hadid continues to churn out designs for the world’s most preeminent events and this time around we get a peek inside her vision for the Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium. One of several new stadiums that will hold matches during the 2022 competition, the project is being done in cooperation with architecture and engineering firm AECOM and is said to seat up to 40,000 fans during Qatar’s hot summer weather.

The stadium will be located in Al Wakrah, the southernmost city hosting the World Cup, and is based on the curved form of the Dhow – a type of Arabian fishing boat that can often be spotted at the town’s harbor. The form will provide the structure with a curved roof designed to shield both players and spectators from the intense desert sun, while mechanical air conditioning with passive design principles will keep temperatures moderate.

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