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Zaha Hadid lands place on Iraqi parliament shortlist

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been shortlisted to design a £650 million parliament complex in Baghdad, Iraq

The practice is bidding against other companies on a yet to be confirmed shortlist for the high profile post-war reconstruction job.

A ZHA spokesperson confirmed the company was participating in the competition.

A claim ZHA senior architect Mohamed Al-Jubori attended a project briefing in Baghdad last month with Iraqi parliament president Osama al-Nujaifi was also confirmed.

London-based studio Assemblage is also shortlisted for the project and has teamed up with Adamsons, Aecom, Davis Langdon, Buro Happold and local company Al-Khan.

The parliament is planned for a former airstrip in the city centre which currently features a half-built super mosque.

Shortlisted companies must come up with a solution for the mosque’s remaining 50 metre-tall reinforced concrete superstructure as part of the brief.

The competition’s second round deadline is July and a winner is expected to be announced later in the year.

The project also includes a complex of ancillary buildings surrounding the parliament and a masterplan for the surrounding area.

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