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Two of Zaha Hadid’s final designs to be built in Qatar’s Lusail City

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Zaha Hadid's design for the tower in Lusail
Zaha Hadid’s design for the tower in Lusail

Plans to build two new buildings designed by the late Zaha Hadid in Lusail City will be moving forward, a Qatar-based company has announced.

The structures were among the world-famous architect’s final designs, which she left behind following her death in March.

In a statement yesterday, Al-Alfia Holdings said one of the buildings is a 38-story tower in the Marina district of Lusail.

A desert hyacinth
A desert hyacinth

Destined to become a 200-room hotel and 120 apartments, the design was inspired by the shape of the desert hyacinth, which grows in the dunes and along the coastlines of the Gulf.

Weather-shielding design

The building has a large nine-pointed base that will shield visitors from the sun as they enter, and a filigreed façade – similar to the one used on the Burj Qatar – that will further protect against the hot summer sun.

Zaha Hadid Architects explained that the building has been designed “in response to current and future environmental challenges.”

“We often look at nature’s systems when we work to create environments; at her unrivaled logic and coherence,” Hadid said in a previous statement about the project.

No details for the second building have been released yet. In its statement, Al-Alfia simply said that it would be built “within the ongoing plan for future development of the city.”

Construction of the first tower, which does not yet have a name, is scheduled to be completed by 2020.

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