qatar world cup memorial by 1week1project honors deceased builders
qatar world cup memorial by 1week1project honors deceased builders
dec 05, 2014

qatar world cup memorial by 1week1project honors deceased builders

according to the guardian, ‘more than 400 nepalese migrant workers have died on qatar’s building sites as the gulf state prepares to host the world cup in 2022. the grim statistic comes from the pravasi nepali coordination committee, a respected human rights organization which compiles lists of the dead using official sources in doha. it will pile new pressure on the qatari authorities – and on football’s world governing body, FIFA – to curb a mounting death toll that some are warning could hit 4,000 by the time the 2022 finals take place.’ in response to this alarming amount, 1week1project has envisioned the ‘qatar world cup memorial’.

1week1project qatar world cup memorial
each module houses two staircases | all images courtesy of 1week1project



the work is a scalable building that raises awareness about the number of workers who passed away during the construction of the stadiums. it is in the form of a tower made of concrete modules, each one representing a deceased member of society. correspondingly, the higher the number, the taller the tower.

1week1project qatar world cup memorial
if the death rate is not reduced, the monument could reach a height of 1.5 kilometers (approximately 1 mile) into the sky



the structure offers nepalese and indian families, as well as other nationalities, a place for mourning removed from qatar’s cities and skyscrapers. the project has a multitude of itineraries for visiting, on a basis of four units per floor, each of which contain two staircases. the cranes remain positioned in altitude until 2022. the studio speculates that if the death rate is not reduced, the monument could reach a height of 1.5 kilometers (approximately 1 mile) into the sky.

1week1project qatar world cup memorial
looking up through the oculus

1week1project qatar world cup memorial
each module represents a loved one that has passed away

1week1project qatar world cup memorial
interior view

1week1project qatar world cup memorial

1week1project qatar world cup memorial
death rate diagram

1week1project qatar world cup memorial

1week1project qatar world cup memorial
1week1project logo for the memorial

1week1project qatar world cup memorial
satirical graphic



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  • Am working in gulf area in construction company, so am understand good what am talking about.
    I don’t know regarding any statistic about dead people. But what i know is that conditions here for labors are good enough: their salary (in my 10 000 staff company) around 300 dollars plus accommodation near site and food 3 times per day (meet and rice). Company take care about safety, we have nurse they all visiting to, trainings. In summer period, coz of hot weather they have break from 12pm to 3pm. Always with helmets and in special clothes. They receiving special water with lemon acid or something similar to feed their thirsty.
    This people coming here, coz they are not educated enough for other kind of job, and this is one of ways for them to get such good money. I spoke with some of them before. They support all members of their family, numerous sisters and brothers they have.
    Just wanted to give you a picture, how the actual construction site look like.
    Gulf countries – the most strict countries in rules issue. Police here is everywhere. You cannt go through without any legal documents, so all is under control. Nothing like “they cant go home” – they have one month vacation as per labor regulation. So they are really labors here on legal rights – not slaves.
    So, am sorry, but for me this good architectural idea (am architect) project is looking not in right place. Like a bad bad joke even about this Nepalese people.
    The idea is nice. Geometry is nice. But not for this subject they highlight for.

    Katyashova says:
  • how many folks will die building this memorial?

    T.Kennedy says:
  • The appeal of this highly visible and constant reminder of the effects of corruption is unarguable. However, the fear that other migrant workers might be killed in building this tower is well-founded under the circumstances. Perhaps it would be better if a structure could be designed specifically so that it can be built by the unskilled hands of FIFA officials and the Qatari football authorities, each of them giving their blood, toil, tears and sweat until it is finished. That way, no worthwhile labour, craftsmanship or ability would be risked or lost in the construction of the memorial.

    JonnyCRH says:
  • Obviously the greatest memorial to the deceased workers would be to: undertake a complete overhaul of FIFA, the building industry in the Middle East, provide comprehensive financial compensation to the worker’s families and give oxygen to the debate as to why, in the 21st Century, it is acceptable for anyone to die during the construction of a building, let alone 400 people (I suspect there would be an undercurrent of racism). The fact the article doesn’t have an exact numbers of workers killed is, again, disturbing. Once this has been done, and Qatar has had a national inquest, gone into national mourning and reflected on it’s role on this hideous event, then, and only then, would it be appropriate to discuss some sort of physical memorial for the workers.
    This aside, I have no particular issue with the design.

    The Final Word says:
  • I think the most important thing is to highlight the rising death toll and this offers a visual reminder and concern to not just the people of Qatar but the world.

    zuwi says:
  • @emre – they’re not actually going to build it.

    HarryPalmer says:
  • Mike, it’s not this project which is sarcastic and inhuman. It’s the Qatar government that doesn’t care for lives of immigrant workers. It’s FIFA official Franz Beckenbauer who opposed critics, stating that he hasn’t seen any slaves in chains in Qatar. And it’s our TV sport hungry society who enjoy events like the world cup despite the negative impacts on the host countries’ societies.

    Daniel says:
  • how sarcastic and inhuman

    Mike Bacher says:
  • how many more will die for the construction of this monument? this is just making death fancy, something to take picture with, some place of leisure activity…

    emre says:
  • So th more the people lose their lives the tower will grow even taller. That’s a win-win for Qatar then….

    doobius says:

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