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Qatar Unveils Designs for Second World Cup Stadium

Qatar Unveils Designs for Second World Cup Stadium
Qatar Unveils Designs for Second World Cup Stadium, © Neoscape, Inc.
© Neoscape, Inc.

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy have released images of the latest stadium designed for the 2022 World Cup. Located in Al Khor City, the Al Bayt Stadium will also be surrounded by the new Al Bayt district, which will host retail space and restaurants, as well as landscaped paths for residents to use as horseriding, cycling and jogging tracks. 

The design - billed as "an entirely Qatari concept, reflecting Qatar’s proud history and culture" - is based on the Bayt Al Sha’ar, a black and white tent used traditionally by nomadic people in Qatar, which would have been a welcome symbol of hospitality for desert travelers.

Read on after the break for more on the design

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© Neoscape, Inc.
© Neoscape, Inc.

The stadium was designed by an unnamed group of Qatari architects, although Dar Al Handasa are credited as design consultants. As one of the World Cup's semi-final venues, the stadium will hold 60,000 seats, but after the tournament the design allows the upper tier of seating to be removed, reducing the stadium to 32,000 seats. The removed seats are planned to be donated to other countries "to leave a legacy for international football development."

© Neoscape, Inc.
© Neoscape, Inc.

The Al Bayt Stadium & Precinct will also incorporate best practice in energy-efficiency measures in an attempt to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) standards. The stadium will also be constructed in accordance with the new Workers’ Welfare Standards, a policy brought in as a response to continued concerns over the safety and welfare of construction workers on Qatar's world cup projects.

© Neoscape, Inc.
© Neoscape, Inc.

The Al Bayt Stadium is the second design unveiled for the 2022 World Cup, joining Zaha Hadid Architects' Al Wakrah Stadium.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Rory Stott. "Qatar Unveils Designs for Second World Cup Stadium" 02 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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JFS · July 06, 2014

Someone tell me it's a joke..

Jfs · July 06, 2014

Seriously? Copying a tent on top of a stadium! A lesson in what not to do when referring to the local culture of a country in architecture!

John · July 05, 2014

oh my god... thousand of people will die making this.
If it HAS to be in Qatar, which is a lousy place to hold a world cup, why not trying to make things uderground where is cool...

John Truman · July 05, 2014

There will be NO Wolrd Cup in Qatar, because of the heat and the homophobes, it will be in USA..

Katsudon · July 05, 2014

Quick! Robin! Let's get to the bat-stadium!

in Qatar · July 04, 2014

Architects not willing to put their name to it yet ??
... maybe not ever ...

Bla · July 03, 2014

What history? This country has no history.

will · July 03, 2014

This is an embarrassment. This design totally ignores the genius loci of Qatar and total disregards the context of its environment. Shame on the designers and the client.

Kamyar S · July 07, 2014 01:05 PM

What genius loci for a country with a 40 year old history? They've already presented a self-made culture/history by faking Iranian and Ottoman cultural and historical elements. This project is simply the best symbol of a culturally poor history.

Tsukiyo · July 03, 2014

Can't imagine the amount of energy and resources require to maintain this site

DeadNepali · July 03, 2014

This looks better than Zaha Hadid's Vagina Staudium (Al Wakrah Stadium). I hope this project have less or zero casualties during the construction.

CSchafer · August 09, 2014 06:56 PM

Watching a documentary now about all the deaths and the horrible conditions the workers are facing as this is constructed. The people that are building this are from other countries (migrant workers) and are living in deplorable conditions. I won't even be watching the next world cup, and as an architect, I refuse to support this construction effort.

lolcat · July 03, 2014

LOL at the desolate city in the periphery...

ty · July 02, 2014

well that's just absurd.... black roof in qatari summer? That amount of landscaping to take care of? what a hot mess.

John Park · July 03, 2014 08:32 AM

hope thay'll use the blackness to absorb heat for energy conversion, because the look is making me sweat...


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