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The architect behind Qatar's 2022 World Cup Al Wakrah stadium has denied her creation looks like a giant vagina, describing such comparisons as "nonsense". Artist's impression of the Al Wakrah stadium. Pic: Zaha Hadid Architects No sooner were the covers whipped off the Al Wakrah design, than pundits worldwide weighed in, …


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  1. Martijn Otto

    Compensating for something?

    Apparantly even women do that nowadays.

    1. FartingHippo

      Re: Compensating for something?

      I think not. Unlike men, women rarely boast that it's REALLY BIG.

      See also Profanisaurus: wizard's sleeve

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

        Re: Compensating for something?

        aka Welly Top

        1. Oh Homer Silver badge
          Paris Hilton

          Re: Compensating for something?

          Sorry Ms. Hadid, but that's one conspicuously colossal camel-toe, a blatantly behemothic set of beef-curtains, preternaturally prodigious pishflapps, a truly titanic tunnel-of-love.


        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Compensating for something?

          That's a fish mitten so huge it qualifies as a "bucket", since it would no doubt squeak as the owner walks.

      2. Toothpick

        Re: Compensating for something?

        also - hippo's yawn or clowns pocket

        1. Anonymous Coward

          Re: Compensating for something?

          You guys bring joy to a boring Monday morning.

          1. Anonymous Coward

            Re: Compensating for something?

            Jesus, did someone really vote me down for being happy?

            What kind of saddo would do that?

      3. Jordan Davenport

        Re: Compensating for something?

        "I think not. Unlike men, women rarely boast that it's REALLY BIG."

        Except when men get a giant car, they're pretty much shouting the opposite. Perhaps in the same vein this is a clever way for her to proclaim she's got dainty woman parts?

    2. Mips

      Re: Compensating for something?

      I remember some years ago an architect I worked with designed a 12000m2 office with pitched roofs shaped like tits and in the center court a conference suite shaped like bollocks and penis.

      He was not amused when I told him that I thought he had some form of fetish.

      Seems all architects are the same.

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

        Re: Compensating for something?

        I forgot 'Wizards sleeve'

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Cant wait to enter there in one.

    Can boast, I've just screwed the Qatari's Vagina.

    Whats not to like?

  3. Simon Harris Silver badge

    London Aquatics Centre...

    Err... isn't that the one that looks like a giant panty-liner?

    1. rh587

      Re: London Aquatics Centre...

      I hadn't noticed, but in light of her new stadium, yes, yes it does... I wonder if this is all a practical joke on her part. So bets chaps, what will her next effort be - a surreptitious phallus, a stunning pair of norks, or something a little more inventive?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    ""Honestly, if a guy had done this project, critics would not be making such lewd comparisons."

    Well, they would have , but that's not going to stop me from playing the femail victim card.

    1. deadlockvictim Silver badge

      Re: yawn

      @AC» femail? oh dear, oh dear..

      1. ShelLuser


        Probably a blonde femail at that ;)

        1. Cliff

          Re: this

          Well, the Gherkin in London was designed by a bloke. 'Nuff said.

  5. frymaster

    I didn't even know it was done by a female architect until this article...

    1. Winkypop Silver badge

      Being inherently sexist....

      ...I assumed a man HAD designed it.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      And—for my part—, unfortunately, I'd never heard of this particular 'best-known female architect'. Not that I have posters of architects up on my walls or... whatever.

      It's difficult to argue against the interpretation of the design as 'like a super-stylised vulva', given its bilateral symmetry, the opening at the top, and the general and generous swoop-i-ness throughout. Either that or a bicycle helmet. On reflection, I'm willing to concede that people tend to see in new things that with which they're familiar—or which they have on the brain.

      1. Trixr

        Yeah, she's in the top dozen world architects, easily. Personally, I think of her as the architectural version of Helmut Newton (photographer) - ostentatious, glossy and completely soulless.

        Most of her stuff tends towards the pointier end of the scale, but some more blobular shapes are happening lately.

        1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

          I have to admit her design for the Broad Museum here at Michigan State leaves me cold.

          But hell, what do I know about architecture? (A little, actually, having had a course on it in grammar school. But less than a enthusiast, to say nothing of a professional.) To be honest, I don't think I care for most of the architectural styles from the 20th century, to say nothing of this one. My own house is a Queen Anne, with its inefficient irregular massing and the interior chopped up into lots of rooms, and that's the way I like it. You kids get your open floorplans off my damn lawn!

  6. returnmyjedi

    Never mind what it looks like, have they resolved the worries regarding it being all moist, sticky and possibly stinky once one slips inside?

  7. Simon Ward

    Personally ...

    ... I think the vagina comparison is perfectly valid.

    After all, come the World Cup the field will be full of pricks.

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    2. No, I will not fix your computer

      Re: Personally ...

      If only David Seaman was still playing......

      Seaman has come on the pitch....

      Seaman is in the box.....

      Seaman is all over him....

      Seaman is on the ball....


      A man before his time.... (he obviously came too early)

    3. MrDamage

      Full of Pricks?

      You're kidding right? Full of precious little princesses more like it.

      The moment an opposition player gets within 2 foot of any other player, both are going to fall over, clutching their handbags, writhing and crying in "agony".

  8. Lottie

    No idea

    I had no idea that the architect was female. I *do* however think that it looks like a giant vag.

    All that aside, it gives an update and a refresh to a classic insult......" It's like throwing a sausage into the Qatati stadium"

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: No idea

      That would be a lamb sausage, then... pork isn't a popular meat in those parts.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: No idea

      So did a man design the "Gherkin"?

      seems to be a pot - kettle

      1. TheOtherHobbes

        Re: No idea

        Not wanting to get too PC, but when men design giant pointy buildings everyone is like 'Oooh - look at the size of that.'

        A girl puts a vag around the pitch, and suddenly she has archi-cooties and half of the Reg Office 11 become sniggering Viz-reading spotty teenagers (as usual).

        Hadid's actually a damn fine architect, with an impressive track record.

        She may or may not have done this as a joke. But even if she did - so what?

        1. Lottie

          Re: No idea

          The gender of the architect had no bearing on what I thought the design looked like. Until this article, I had no idea if the person in question was male or female.

          If something looks like a foo, it looks like a foo regardless of the designers ownership of biological inspiration.

          I doubt that had it been designed by a man -as one or two commentors have already suggested- the comparrison would have been any different.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: No idea

          Hadid's actually a damn fine architect, with an impressive track record.

          Bollocks is she a damn fine architect. She's just another "starchitect", utterly incapable of creating something that sits well in its surroundings, pandering to the most vacuous and narcissistic clients.

          1. Shagbag

            Re: No idea

            Agreed. What kind of 'damn fine' architect designs a football stadium that looks like a vulva?

            1. TRT Silver badge

              Re: No idea


            2. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: No idea

              Doesn't look anything like a vulva, where would you fit the airbags and roofrack?

              1. Andus McCoatover

                where would you fit the airbags and roofrack?

                Yeah. Can't imagine seeing that outside IKEA.

                Oh, wait....

              2. DanceMan

                Re: No idea

                Swedish airbags? Thought they were Bulgarian.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    In the name of science

    I think perhaps the reg should post a picture of a vagina to compare to the stadium.

    This way we can all do a serious comparison.

  10. auburnman

    Slightly off topic...

    But while we're discussing architectural disasters, did anyone follow up ont what became of the building in London that was melting paint and setting fire to shops opposite and / or the designers thereof?

    1. James Micallef Silver badge

      Re: Slightly off topic...

      I believe they are treating outside glass with special coating at the cost of approx £1 million-ish

      1. auburnman

        Re: Slightly off topic...

        Awesome. Ironically we're just getting to the stage where the shops opposite would have been glad of the free heat.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Slightly off topic...

          There's a van with big windows doing a mobile Kebab shop thing, he's saving loads on gas but it's costing him to keep changing pitch.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Slightly off topic...

        condom put on gherkin?! Oh, the indignity. If you cun't stand the heat....

    2. Ian Yates

      Re: Slightly off topic...

      It's currently got a large sheet covering the offending (albeit not like the Qatari stadium) side.

      Amusingly, the developers' defended themselves with (not verbatim): "this is a temporary problem as the sun will soon be at an angle that doesn't cause this problem"... somehow forgetting what seasons are...

      But, as the other poster said, apparently they're going to coat the glass in something less reflective.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: the building in London that was melting paint and ....

      ITYM "the Death Ray" building. :-)

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Slightly off topic...

      At least that one was *not* designed by Zaha Hadid. A MAN came up with that one.

  11. Silviu C.

    So what?

    Now that they mentioned it, it kinda does look like one but, I don't get what the problem is anyway. There are plenty of guys and gals that like vaginas. I bet the detractors are mad that they can't make a stadium look like a prick, in which case this "problem" does make *them* look like pricks.

    1. Don Jefe

      Re: So what?

      Vaginas are great things when there's a woman attached to them. A vagina without a woman is terribly out of context and doesn't make any sense. If you were walking down the street and saw a vagina just sitting there, by itself, on the sidewalk it would be really disturbing. I mean, what would you do with it? Is it ambulatory? Did someone drop it? Is it sentient? If I touch with my boot will my charge card be billed the regular fee plus a fetish charge?

      The implications of a giant disembodied vagina are even worse. What if a giant alien flies by and sees it but notices it is crawling with what appears to be thousands of tiny critters will the space giant attempt to eliminate the infestation? It's already shaved, will it try to bleach the entire planet? Will all of mankind be killed by due to a vagina? I always figured vaginas would be our downfall.


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