Zig Zag Towers / MZ & Partners

© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

Architects: MZ & Partners
Location: Doha,
Project High: 141.7 meters
Project Area: 295,500 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

The West Bay Lagoon Plaza proposes two identical towers whose structure is obtained through a rethinking of the rules, manipulating basic forms in an unconventional way to produce buildings that are functional, yet also visually striking, favoring simplicity and denying decorative gestures.

render courtesy of MZ & Partners
render courtesy of
© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

Located on the seaside, the towers are facing the sea, and are separated in the centre by a platform, functioning as a geometrical conduct between the various buildings. This platform functions as a public plaza, accommodating a variety of public activities, like a food court, shopping area.

Cite: "Zig Zag Towers / MZ & Partners" 29 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=44876>
  • Bianchini

    Freshman year project!

  • nando

    ugh.. strange one. looks like the legs and feet of a sleepy giant.

  • fokt


  • YES


  • erik

    disastrous… just like the twin towers crumpling to the ground.

  • james

    great contrast between the visualisations and the finished thing.

  • Nicolas

    project looks old… also the renders, just very old fashioned, and photos.. im sorry for the photographer but the photos look sad and un-inviting..

  • hbchbc

    I have to say this thing is not pretty at all! It is a shame they let it built.

  • Cameron

    Give me strength Allah! This is not the way to heaven.

  • http://twitter.com/nicholaspatten/status/7191024837 Nicholas Patten

    Zig Zag Towers. http://bit.ly/4qbI5V

  • biboarchitect

    When i look to the render… I hate photoshop!

    • rib

      before criticizing, somebody has to learn photoshop and 3dmax….

  • simos

    I sure hope they come in peace..

  • Jovanny

    Why does such a rubbish can be built.I’m confused.
    Maybe the people of Qatar have too much $ .who knows?

  • h

    woooooaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!! zig zags!!!


  • nickenzyme

    Looks like two paper bag, forced to be zig zagged. Style like this is not very welcomed nowadays. Renders are not very professional.

  • jp

    oh great.. i think i’m going to puke!

  • Pietro

    this might be the single worst tower ever built….oh wait, they built two of them…even better!

  • A 4 Architect

    Architectural Pornography!!!! the peak of ugliness. No proportion, no identity. For those who don’t know, the layouts are even worse!!! MZ & Partners didn’t introduce anything new to architecture in all their projects. If it’s not an architectural failure, it is definitely a replica with a couple of modifications :)

  • TB

    Scratch that, the project will never look that blue because they used a completely different color facade than the renderings. The simplistic form I can live with (better than a simple square tower) but at least use the facade close to the rendered ones…