Designed by AVP Arhitekti + Sangrad, the intention for the World Football Museum ‘Crystal Ball’ is to reaffirm Qatar’s worldwide position through a landmark to become a symbol of future architectural design. As a standard within the sustainability and energy renewable field, they take advantage of the natural resources and latest technology in structural design, façade materials and functionality of the whole development. This results in low energy consumption and aims for a zero-carbon emission solution. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Qatar possesses a clear development strategy of what it wants to be in the world. With cutting-edge education and a look towards a sustainable future, the strongest perception is in sport. This building would be the first of its kind and will enhance the football fever experience before, during and after the FIFA World Cup in 2022. To become the most technologically advanced object in the world, they implement cutting-edge technology within its functionality, from VR technology to the latest 3D and smart AI development. Thus, the World Football Museum ‘Crystal Ball’ will give to all its visitors a unique experience thus making a step forward into a new way of enjoying a museum.
The museum’s shape, simple and complex at the same time, comes from the synthesis of Qatar’s history (pearl fishing) and its future (sport). These important elements are reflected through a sphere-shaped building ‘museum’ hovering over a semi buried structure, the ‘Oasis City’, a conceptual interpretation of the Arabic city with a narrow streets structure and small squares with dense vegetation for weather protection, which will be a horizontal development that houses sport-oriented stores, restaurants, offices and leisure zones for the public throughout the year.