Over the last couple of years, Qatar has unraveled a handful of stunning stadiums constructed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Its Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has now unveiled the fourth out of eight venues geared towards hosting the big event.
The sublime 40,000-seater Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is a fusion of elements representing historical architecture; the surrounding flora and fauna; the local and international trade; the value of family; and the beauty of Al Rayyan, the desert city it is located in.
The building’s exterior is covered in elegant geometric shapes alike those found in Islamic building designs and Qatar’s handicrafts. Come nightfall, the stadium is embraced with a soft glow from nearby buildings.
Architectural firm Ramboll, which was tasked to design the stadium, also decided to borrow desert motifs from the city, incorporating them in dune-shaped hospitality zones and stalls.
In its nucleus, the structure sits 40,000 fans, who will each enjoy a close view of the action. The audience stays comfortable and safe from unforeseen weather conditions with the stadium’s lightweight canopy and advanced cooling technology.
Given the location’s desert roots, the venue is immaculately designed for sustainability. A considerable amount of materials used to build the complex were repurposed from the previous structure that occupied the site, also called the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, or are destined for a second lease of life in public art installations.
Qatar details that more than 80 percent of these materials were reused or recycled, and if the construction materials were new, they needed to be eco-friendly.
The scene is also surrounded by greenbelt land as a nod to Al Rayyan’s nature. It will be filled with trees conserved from the previous venue.
At the end of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the stadium complex’s 40,000 seats will be removed and reused in overseas soccer initiatives. What’s left of the building will be a cozy reminder of Al Rayyan’s “intimate, neighborly character.”
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