zaha hadid architects lusail city

as part of lusail city’s masterplan to create a sustainable, integrated community in qatar, zaha hadid architects has envisioned two schemes for al alfia holding. in 2013, company chairman H.H. sheikh mohammed bin khalifa al thani commissioned the practice to conceive two projects for the area — the first of which is now in its initial stages of development.

the formal composition of the building is informed by the organic structure of the desert hyacinth
all images by slashcube, courtesy of zaha hadid architects



in the city’s marina district, zaha hadid architects plans a 38-storey, 70,000 square meter hotel with residential apartments, slated for completion in 2020. the formal composition of the building is informed by the organic structure of the desert hyacinth — a flowering plant native to the landscape of the arabian gulf. ‘we often look at nature’s systems when we work to create environments; at her unrivalled logic and coherence,’ hadid previously explained. the nine-pointed form of the structure’s podium surrounds a central core defined by the fluid geometries of the hyacinth — a motif embedded within the region’s architectural heritage. a filigreed mashrabiya façade wraps around the building, reducing solar gain. continuous calligraphic and geometric patterns are integrated in domes, ceilings, walls and floors, blurring the distinction between architectural elements.


working alongside arup engineering and atelier ten, the architects’ vision for the project responds to the current and future environmental challenges, while providing comfortable living spaces for residents, guests, visitors and staff. ‘with truly inspirational public spaces and atrium, 120 unique residences and 200 hotel rooms of zaha hadid’s unmistakable signature, we celebrate her remarkable legacy and continue lusail city’s commitment to creating the region’s most sustainable, interconnected community,‘ said H.H. sheikh mohammed bin khalifa al thani, chairman of al alfia holding.


the second of hadid’s designs will be built within the on-going plan for the future development of the city.

a filigreed mashrabiya façade wraps around the building




project info:


architect: zaha hadid architects
design: zaha hadid and patrik schumacher
ZHA project director: charles walker
ZHA project associate: tariq khayyat
ZHA project architect: kutbuddin nadiadi
ZHA project team: gerry cruz, drew merkle, dennis brezina, alia faisal zayani, alessandra lazzoni, matthew le grice, mu ren, alexandra fisher, kwanphil cho, joris pauwels, jose pareja gomez, katherina hieger, konstantinos psomas, leo alves, mei-ling lin, nicholette chan, yifan zhang
structure and facade engineers: arup
MEP and sustainability: atelier ten
landscape: francis landscape
hotel: GC hotel consultancy
food services: tricon
rendering: slashcube