Four firms compete for Qatar World Cup commission

30 May 2014

Four London-based firms have been shortlisted to design Qatar's Lusail Stadium, the centerpiece for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects will compete to design the 80,000-seat stadium, which will host the international event alongside Zaha Hadid's Al Wakrah stadium and others, reports the Architects' Journal.

London-based Foster + Partners have already previously worked on a design for the stadium, with their 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' concept forming part of Qatar's initial bid for the event.

Mossessian & Partners has undertaken masterplanning work in Doha, whilst Mangera Yvars is nearing completion on their Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, also in Doha.

The new shortlist comes after a previous plan was scrapped, as the organisers felt the designs did not "reflect modern Qatari design and culture". As a result, the four shortlisted practices, whose proposals were submitted last week, have been asked to attend workshops "to ensure the fresh design met expectations".

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