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Lusail Iconic Stadium for Qatar 2022 is revealed at ‘Leaders in Football’ conference in London

Architect: Foster + Partners

As the venue for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid, the Lusail Iconic Stadium will provide a world-class football facility for 86,250 spectators during the opening ceremony, group games and final. Reflecting Doha’s culture and heritage, the stadium is designed to be highly energy efficient and capable of performing in extreme summer climatic conditions.

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Lusail Iconic Stadium images from Foster + Partners

The stadium has a near-circular footprint and sits on the masterplan’s primary axis, which divides the stadium precinct into two halves. Encircled by a reflective pool of water, spectators cross the ‘moat’ to enter the building via six bridges. An outer pedestrian concourse extends from the water towards an array of smaller amenity buildings and a hotel at the stadium’s perimeter.

The saddle-form roof appears to float above the concrete seating bowl, discreetly supported by a ring of arching columns. Its central section can be retracted to allow the pitch to be either open to the sky or fully covered. The concave profile of the stadium’s outer enclosure evokes the sails of a traditional dhow boat and incorporates a system of operable louvres. Inside, the seating bowl is designed to enhance the experience and atmosphere for spectators: VIP and hospitality accommodation is concentrated along the sides of the pitch to create a continuous sea of fans behind each goal.

Located in the centre of a new development to the north of Doha, with direct connections by road and a new metro line, Lusail Iconic Stadium is intended to be a catalyst for further growth and has a highly progressive environmental strategy. Parking and service areas are shaded by canopies of solar collectors, which will produce energy for the stadium when it is in use, as well as generating power for neighbouring buildings.

HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar 2022 Bid, said:

“The Lusail Iconic Stadium will serve as the perfect venue for the opening and final matches of the World Cup. The stadium will inspire a new generation of regional and international sports venues, incorporating environmentally friendly cooling technologies to ensure the ideal conditions for players and spectators alike. The design of the stadium provides fans with optimum views of the action in a cool and comfortable setting. Its beauty and ambition represent the pride and enthusiasm that we have displayed in our bid thus far and will continue to display until the day FIFA awards the 2022 World Cup and beyond.”

Lusail Iconic Stadium images / information from Foster + Partners, Architects

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Lusail Proposals, nr Doha, Qatar
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Lusail images from Foster + Partners

Situated to the north of Doha, Lusail is a new city with a projected population of 200,000, extending over an area of 35 sqkm. The city will provide a high quality living environment by combining well-planned residential, commercial, hospitality, mixed-use and entertainment districts, balanced with open spaces and parks. Foster + Partners has been working with Qatari Diar on a mixed-use commercial scheme that forms the heart of the development. Underpinning the scheme is a successful working relationship between Foster + Partners and Qatari Diar, and the design process has been a highly efficient creative collaboration. Situated at the centre of the city, the scheme comprises four commercial towers with 450,000sqm of offices, together with 100,000sqm retail and offices in surrounding low-rise buildings, as well as basement parking areas. Varying in height, the four towers create a distinctive and bold profile on the city’s skyline. They are elegantly sculpted to maximise views towards the sea and take full advantage of natural light.

Client: Qatari Diar Real Estate Development Company

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image © design: AS&P – Albert Speer & Partner GmbH / visualization: hhvision, Cologne

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