Assemblage beats Hadid to land $1bn Iraq parliament


London-based practice, Assemblage, has won an international competition for the new Iraqi parliament complex in Baghdad.

The project, which is valued at $1bn, challenged the contestants to design a new, high scale complex amidst the partially built mosque planned by former president Saddam Hussein.

Succeeding against a prestigious shortlist of architects including Zaha Hadid Architects, Capita Symonds, Fevre Gaucher and ADPI, Assemblage will be awarded $250,000 to produce a master plan for the surrounding city. This includes additional government buildings, a new hotel and public parks.


The firm’s concept for the parliament complex is designed as a work of urban design. The majority of the complex is formed as a pattern of streets, both indoor and outdoor, with green courtyards, connecting an arrangement of buildings of a variety of functions.

Placed as a landmark in the primary arrival plaza, the Council of Representatives building has a circular outer shell of monumental brise soleil which protects the building from intense sunlight.

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