Qatar unveils fifth World Cup stadium


The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has unveiled the design for Qatar Foundation Stadium and Health & Wellness Precinct, a proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be able to stage matches up to the quarter finals of the tournament.

Precisely four years to the day that Qatar celebrated its successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, it is one of five stadia that will be under construction by the SC and its partners by the end of 2014 with one further design to be unveiled this year, as the country continues to make further progress on the ground in 2014.

Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said: “I am pleased that on the fourth anniversary of Qatar winning the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy is able to stand alongside one of the most prominent Qatari institutions to reveal the design of the Qatar Foundation Stadium.


“This is another key milestone in our preparations for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and is the fourth stadium design we have unveiled in the past thirteen months. The QF Stadium and Health & Wellness Precinct will not only allow us to host an amazing World Cup but also leave a genuine legacy in Qatar, well beyond 2022.”

Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, president of Qatar Foundation, said: “Founded on the three strategic pillars of education, science and community development, Qatar Foundation’s mission to unlock human potential supports the country’s work to deliver the Qatar National Vision 2030.

“The Qatar Foundation Stadium and Health & Wellness Precinct will deliver a rich and sustainable sports and health legacy for the QF community and people of Qatar, and help the nation achieve future successes long after the tournament.”

He continued: “In addition to supporting Qatar’s unique heritage and culture, we are proud that the environmentally sustainable concept and design of the stadium offers inspiration for people around the world to adopt greener lifestyles.”

Sustainability is at the heart of The Qatar Foundation Stadium and Health & Wellness Precinct. The development will target a Gold Sustainability Building Certification in the US Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings system. QF will also incorporate sustainably-sourced building materials that minimise embedded carbon and adhere to energy usage best practices. Photovoltaic and solar thermal panels will produce energy for electricity and hot water, and help to power the stadium, swimming pool and indoor pavilion.

Astad Project Management serves as the project manager and RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects is the Design Consultant for the QF Stadium. The development of QF Stadium, and the associated Health & Wellness Precinct, will be overseen by the Qatar Foundation Capital Projects Directorate in coordination with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

The stadium will have a tournament capacity of 40,000 and, as with all proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup™ venues, will feature state-of-the-art cooling technology, ensuring comfortable playing and viewing conditions for fans and players alike. Post-tournament, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 25,000 to ensure efficient use after the tournament.

The natural grass pitch used during the tournament will be replaced by an artificial one which can be used 365 days a year. The stadium’s seating design will be modified to incorporate a majlis, family areas and other facilities for QF partners.

Located at Education City, the home of QF, an innovative design element of the state-of-the-art stadium will see light filtered through complex geometrical patterns, with the intention to celebrate light by reflecting the intensity of the sun. Its complex geometrical patterns are designed to pay tribute to traditional Islamic architecture.

Due for completion in 2018, the entire precinct will have a sustainable business model encouraging and committing to healthy lifestyles, including a range of restaurants and cafes offering healthy options. The stadium and associated precinct will be open to the Qatar and QF communities, offering health and medical clinics for adults and children, male and female gymnasiums, swimming pool, tennis courts, football pitches, cycling and climbing facilities.


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