Qatar’s fifth stadium design for 2022 FIFA World Cup has been unveiled by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), designed by London-based Pattern Architects.
Al Rayyan Stadium’s 40,000-seat structure will be built on the site of Al Rayyan Sports Club’s former stadium (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium), which was recently deconstructed. 90 per cent of the destroyed materials will be re-used for either public art projects or on the new stadium.
SC stated: ““The façade of Al Rayyan Stadium is formed from seven patterns, representing different aspects of Qatari culture. The patterns blend together seamlessly to tell the story of the nation. They are based on highly abstracted shapes, which echo decorative motifs found in Islamic architecture.”
The stadium will be surrounded by dune-like structures that are set to house hospitality zones, concessions as well as other services.
A mosque will be located nearby along with an aquatics centre, athletic track, cricket pitch, tennis courts and a hockey pitch. The area will also include shaded walkways, a skate park, outdoor fitness centre, and a cycling and running track.
Much like other stadiums designed for the World Cup, Al Rayyan will be cooled all year-round.
After the tournament the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 21,000 in legacy mode with the upper tier of seats being removed and sent to developing nations in need of sports infrastructure, SCDL said in a statement.
Pattern Architects will be collaborating with AECOM and Ramboll for their work on the stadium.
Pattern Architects have also designed UAE’s celebrated Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.