Zaha Hadid Defends Qatar Stadium from Critics

Zaha Hadid Defends Qatar Stadium from Critics, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

In an exclusive interview with TIME, Zaha Hadid has finally responded to the claims - voiced most notably by Jon Stewart - that her design for the Al Wakrah Stadium (what will be Qatar's stadium for the 2022 World Cup) resembles female genitalia (Stewart in fact called Hadid the “Georgia O’Keeffe of things you can walk inside").

“It’s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this. What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That’s ridiculous.” Hadid also goes on to suggest that “if a guy had done this project,” these "lewd" comparisons would not have been made. Read the full story at

Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "Zaha Hadid Defends Qatar Stadium from Critics" 26 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>