Qatar World Cup officials revealed plans for the fifth 2022 World Cup venue Thursday, with 90 percent of the Al Rayyan Sports Club's demolished stadium being used to create the new arena at the existing site.
The new 40,000-seat venue—it will drop to 21,000 capacity after the World Cup when crews remove the upper tier—uses building materials generated from the deconstruction of the current Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium. The ornate façade with a variety of patterns and designs on the new rectangle-like structure is said to represent a contemporary take on traditional Naquish patterns native to Qatari culture.
Using an architectural method that plays heavily on mathematics driving design, the team of U.S.-based AECOM, engineers Ramboll of Denmark and London-basked architectural firm Pattern say “the stadium will feature the innovative, sustainable cooling technology” set forth by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the group responsible for building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.
The roof angles and windscreen design will aid the ability of the cooling system. Engineers say using “sophisticated modeling” heavily influenced the design of the stadium, including on how the windscreen and roof were conceived.
Moving the hospitality and service areas outside the stadium cuts down on the square footage needed inside the venue. The hospitality areas will be in "dune-like structures," according to stadium plan officials.
Work is now underway across Al Wakrah, Al Bayt—Al Khor, Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar Foundation Stadium & Health and Wellness Precinct and Al Rayyan Stadium as the road to the winter of 2022 progresses.
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and gear for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.