Originally published in Archdaily
It is now just over a year since the unveiling of Zaha Hadid’s Warkah stadium in Doha, Qatar, and in the intervening twelve months, it seems like the building has never been out of the news. Most recently, the remarks made by Hadid concerning the deaths of construction workers under Qatar’s questionable working conditions created a media firestorm of legal proportions. Hadid’s stadium has been widely mocked for its ‘biological appearance, not to mention the fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar for which the stadium will be built, has encountered a storm of controversy all of its own.
The criticism surrounding Al Wakrah has prompted us to look far and wide for the world’s most debated buildings. Could Al Wakrah be the most controversial building of all time?