This week the design of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Qatar was revealed to the public. The stadium for the FIFA Worldcup 2022 will be the first demountable, transportable stadium of its kind which enables a sustainable re-use.
Together with Fenwick Iribarren Architects and Hilson Moran we developed an innovative concept, which can be easily demounted after the quarter final and re-established into many small stadia or at a different location. Therefore, the building represents an exemplary alternative to other current sports venues for mega events.
The structure consists of a steel frame evoking the picture of a high-bay warehouse separated in different blocks, which e.g. include the stands, stalls, and sanitary fittings. The elements can be easily dismantled and transported as certified shipping containers from the harbor located in the direct neighborhood. The ceiling panels as well as the grandstands can also be easily stacked and transported.
This special structure also enables a reduced CO2 footprint due to less construction material and waste. The Global Sustainability Assessment System awarded the concept a 4-star certificate during the design phase. Important components of the structure are the shipping containers which represent an association to the harbor location. Due to the local transport connection the construction site is also predestined for re-use after the Worldcup.
Construction of the stadium holding 40,000 seats already started and will be finished in 2020, two years before the start of the games. Watch this movie of the architects to get a better impression of how this special stadium will look like.