The Architects’ Journal reports that Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been shortlisted to design the new $1 billion parliament complex in Baghdad.
ZHA senior architect Mohamed Al-Jubori attended a project briefing in Baghdad last month with Iraqi parliament president Osama al-Nujaifi. Hadid already has the contract for the Iraqi Central Bank building.
The practice is bidding against other companies including London-based studio Assemblage, which has reportedly teamed up with Adamsons, Aecom, Davis Langdon, Buro Happold and local company Al-Khan. United Arab Emirates-based Dewan Architects, which has a long association with Iraq, is also said to be interested.
The building site is the abandoned Al Muthana Airport where Saddam Hussein had planned to build a supermosque.
The competition’s second round deadline is July and a winner is expected to be announced later in the year.
The project also includes a complex of ancillary buildings surrounding the parliament and a masterplan for the surrounding area.
(Source: The Architects’ Journal, Arts Info)