Case study: Doha Stadium

Case study: Doha Stadium

A design collaboration between Aedas and Populous, this stadium addresses the requirements for the 2022 World Cup and provides multiple future uses.

The project

As a World Cup venue, the fully air-conditioned stadium will provide 46,000-seats with uncompromised sightlines, state-of-the-art broadcast and media facilities, luxurious VIP areas and a retractable roof. The flexible design will allow the pitch and areas of seating to be moveable.

The site
Situated on a roughly triangular site to the south of Doha city centre, the roof of the stadium will be visible from miles around, and will become an ‘instant icon for Qatar and the entire Gulf region’, according to Aedas.

The concept
Michal Sedlacek, managing partner, Aedas, says: “Single purpose football stadiums have no life outside of the game days. Our goal was to transform it into a flexible, mixed-use entertainment venue, that will live 365 days per year.”

Accordingly the building can transform from a 46,000-seat stadium to a 60,000-seat athletics stadium and performance water park, a 20,000-seat arena, a 11,000-seat amphitheater in the lake, and a 25,000m2 exhibition floor.

Described as a ‘hyper-modern version of the traditional Qatari village’, the design features a huge, occupied roof structure which contains restaurants, hospitality areas and a cultural centre focusing on the history of sports in the Gulf.

The details
Sedlacek added: “The roof functions as a massive ‘tent’ sheltering the elements below and creating a ‘village square’ that would be active day and night. This reflects nomadic Bedouin architecture that adapts so well to the harsh environment.”

Aedas added that the stadium will contain ‘sophisticated sustainability technology to achieve the goal of zero net electricity’. The roof’s passive cooling qualities are combined with solar and bio-gas systems.

In its fully open mode, the stadium will become a huge indoor-outdoor space for public gatherings and concerts. A movable block of seats will appear to float on water and engage with a tower of ‘luxury opera boxes’.

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