Zaha Hadid to design Central Baghdad Bank
Zaha Hadid has been commissioned to design a new headquarters for the central bank in Baghdad. Her new design will replace the bank’s previous home, a marble-clad concrete structure designed by danish architects dissing + weitling that was attacked by suicide bombers and gunmen on june 13, killing 14 people and injuring well over 50.
Baghdad-born Hadid, 59, was approached by the Iraqi authorities earlier this year, before the attack, said Roger Howie, a spokesman for zaha hadid architects. Initial talks about the project were held in Istanbul on aug. 14 in the presence of central bank governor Sinan Al-Shabibi, he said.
Her practice has now been asked for ‘a feasibility study, brief development and concept design,’ a statement from Zaha Hadid architects said.