Meet the architect behind the provocatively-shaped 2022 World Cup stadium

Meet the architect behind the provocatively-shaped 2022 World Cup stadium

- Zaha Hadid is the architect behind the designs for Al-Wakrah stadium

- She shot down claims that her design resembles female private parts

- Iraqi-born Hadid instead insists her design is inspired by the Qatari traditional dhow boat

- The unveiling of the blueprint for the stadium's design went viral with football fans likening it to female genitalia

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Zaha Hadid, the female architect responsible for masterminding designs for the Al-Wakrah sports stadium that strongly resembles female genitalia, has described the comparison as really embarrassing.

Al-Wakrah will be one of the stadia hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, it is Hadid's brainchild, who is considered one of the best female architects in the business.

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According to Dailymail (UK), Iraqi-born Hadid shot down her critics clarifying that Al-Wakrah's design was inspired by a dhow boat and not female private parts.

Meet the architect behind vagina-shaped stadium for 2022 World Cup

In this undated computer-generated artists impression provided by 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Al Wakrah stadium, a Qatar 2022 World Cup venue. Photo: Getty Images

The disgruntled architect further insisted that if the designs had been conjured by a male architect rather than herself, they would not have faced the same criticism.

Speaking to Time, Hadid branded the observation ridiculous and questioned whether everything with a hole in it's design should be deemed to be a private part.

"It's really embarrassing they come up with stuff like this. What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a woman's genetalia? That's ridiculous," Hadid said.

Meet the architect behind vagina-shaped stadium for 2022 World Cup

In this undated computer-generated artists impression provided is the Al Wakrah stadium, a Qatar 2022 World Cup venue to be bulit in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Photo: Getty Images

Hadid's intention was for the stadium's design to take after the traditional ancient Qatari dhow boat used by local fishermen and pearl divers, but unfortunately, such was not the case.

Football fans world over took to twitter to spot the striking resemblance of Qatar's blueprint for it's state-of-the-art Al-Wakrah stadium to women's genitalia that went viral.

However, the design is predominantly meant to help control climate around the stadium and ease the effect of the soaring temperatures in Qatar.

The dhow shaped stadium will have an area outside the ground that will have temperature regulated at 30C to 32C.

The provocative stadium is a composition of shading, aerodynamic and mechanical cooling components.

Qatar plans to spend a cool KSh 14 trillion on infrastructure for the tournament in addition to the stadiums that will host the tournament.

Despite the effort by the gas-rich state, it has not helped quell the controversies surrounding Qatar's selection by FIFA to host the 22nd edition of the mundial.

Corruption in the voting procedure to win the bid, exploitation of migrant workers and the searing heat in the middle-eastern country are some of the issues facing Qatar's World Cup 2022 plans.

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