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Hadid tipped to design Baghdad opera house

Zaha Hadid is among several architects invited by the Iraqi government to design a landmark opera house in Baghdad

The project is one of the first cultural venues to be planned since the overthrow of former dictator Saddam Hussein.

It also comes two years after Hadid was appointed for concept designs of the new headquarters of the Central Bank of Iraq in the same city.

The Baghdad-born architect won the Stirling Prize this month for the Evelyn Grace academy in south London and completed her design for the London 2012 Games Aquatics Centre three months ago.

Zaha Hadid Architects confirmed it was in discussions over the opera house project.

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