Following its winning bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Quatar released plans this week to erect the new Al Wakrah sports stadium — and many are saying it resembles a vagina.
The architect, AECOM, posted a short video animation of the design for the stadium on Saturday, which was said to pull inspiration from a local fishing boat — the Arabian dhow. However, the video posted online has immediately gone viral for the stadium's singular design. The 45,000-capacity stadium is part of Qatar’s plans to host the hugely popular soccer tournament; one of six new stadiums to be constructed for one of the most popular sporting events in the world. The climate-controlled structure will be built 12 miles south of the capital city of Doha.
“The vision set by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee is one that embraces the cultural heritage of the host city and the adjacent historical Qatari settlement of Al Wukair,” AECOM said in a press release. “Incorporating this identity will be a crucial part of the stadium design and enhancing the fan experience.”
AECOM states that the stadium is being erected in a city with a “rich cultural heritage evidenced by its traditional Islamic architecture, historical buildings, distinctive mosques and archaeological sites." Interestingly enough, the lead architect was in fact, Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-born woman.
Watch the animated video BELOW: