Qatar World Cup stadium resembles a vagina
Designed by AECOM in association with Zaha Hadid Architects, the new 40,000-seat Al Wakrah Stadium is a proposed venue for matches during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
AECOM said of the proposed design: “Inspired by the dhow boat that carried generations of local fishermen and pearl divers, the stadium weaves together Qatar’s past with its progressive vision for the future.
“Sustainable materials and practices will be used throughout the stadium and the pitch and spectator stands will be cooled to a perfect temperature for football.”
Hassan al-Thawadi, the general secretary of Qatar’s 2022 committee said: “Al-Wakrah is the first of six stadiums already in the latter stages of the design process, our committee has issued 10 major tenders to the market encompassing project and design managers and stadium-operation consultants.”
When the feedback reaches the committee they may wish to rethink the design. The general consensus is that the stadium resembles a woman’s vagina and in this most conservative of countries, that’s not going to go down too well.
Back to the drawing board.