Education Above All Foundation to place 27 tents by Zaha Hadid Architects

Education Above All

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, and its human and social legacy programme, Generation Amazing Foundation, announced that 27 tents, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to serve and support displaced populations.

Will be donated to the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) and the Qatar Red Crescent, as part of the country’s efforts to ensure the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ has a lasting impact, beyond the tournament. The news was announced at a ZHA-EAA tent inside the FIFA Fan Festival™ in Doha.

Three ZHA-EAA tents are already being used as schools for hundreds of displaced Pakistani and Syrian children in Pakistan and Turkey, respectively. The newly donated structures will be used as schools, clinics and temporary shelter for displaced communities in Syria, Turkey and Yemen.

Fifteen tents will be given to IOM, of which 10 will serve as schools and five as health clinics in Turkey and Yemen. In Syria, Qatar Red Crescent will receive 12 structures that it will serve as shelters for displaced communities in Syria.

The ZHA-EAA tents allow for natural daylight and are weather-proof, modular structures that can be easily moved and re-assembled, incorporating components that can also be upcycled or recycled for sustainability, thereby making them ideal for displaced populations.

With more than 70 million people displaced in their own countries or living as refugees, and half under the age of 18, EAA saw a critical need for suitable infrastructure that could serve as classrooms, temporary housing, and medical centres for displaced children and their families.

That’s when the Foundation teamed up with Zaha Hadid Architects to create a structure that offers safe, versatile and sustainable spaces for children to use for play, learning, and development.

The ZHA-EAA tent housing EAA’s ‘Scoring 4 the Goals’ campaign at the FIFA Fan Festival was visited by football fans over the course of the FIFA World Cup. The campaign included art and immersive video exhibits, discussions, games and activities which created awareness about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Source by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA).

  • Location: Daha, Qatar
  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
  • Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
  • ZHA Project Director: Charles Walker
  • ZHA Project Architect: Gerry Cruz
  • ZHA Project Associates: Shajay Bhooshan, Tariq Khayyat
  • ZHA Project Team: David Reeves, Ilya Pereyaslavtsev, Ramon Weber, Vladislav Bek Bulatov, Henry David Louth, Vishu Bhooshan, Li Chen, Ruxandra Matei
  • Local Architect: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
  • Structural Engineer (Concept): Buro Happold
  • Fabricator (Concept): Architen Landrell
  • Local Consultant (Concept): Dar Al-Handasah
  • Contractor: Duol TR / Tensaform
  • Year: 2022
  • Photographs: Luke Hayes, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)