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First images of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Qatar hotel revealed

ZHA Lusail City Al Alfia high res
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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has released the first pictures of a proposed 70,000m² hotel in Qatar’s purpose-built 2022 FIFA World Cup metropolis, Lusail City

The 38-storey tower, for Al Alfia Holding, is set to include 200 hotel rooms and 120 residential units. The shape of the design – a collaboration between Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher – was inspired by a desert hyacinth, a plant native to the Arabian Gulf.

Describing the hotel project, the late Hadid had said: ‘We often look at nature’s systems when we work to create environments; at her unrivalled logic and coherence.’

The practice is also designing the 40,000-seat Al Wakrah Stadium for the World Cup, around 40km south of the hotel.

Lusail is a 35 km² city being built from scratch and backed by the Qatar government through its state-controlled developer, .

The city – which will have a total capacity of around 450,000 people – should be completed by 2020 at an estimated cost of some £34 billion. The architect’s hotel project is due to be completed in 2020.

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