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Qatar Unveils Fifth World Cup Venue: Al Rayyan Stadium by Pattern Architects

Qatar Unveils Fifth World Cup Venue: Al Rayyan Stadium by Pattern Architects
Qatar Unveils Fifth World Cup Venue: Al Rayyan Stadium by Pattern Architects, Courtesy of SC
Courtesy of SC

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has unveiled the fifth proposed venue planned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, this time designed by London-based Pattern Architects. Titled "Al Rayyan Stadium," the 40,000-seat Qatari-inspired structure will be built on the site of the former Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, of which 90 percent of its materials generated from demolition are expected to be re-used for either public art projects or on the new stadium.

"The façade of Al Rayyan Stadium is formed from seven patterns, representing different aspects of Qatari culture. The patterns blend together seamlessly to tell the story of the nation. They are based on highly abstracted shapes, which echo decorative motifs found in Islamic architecture," says the SC.

Courtesy of SC
Courtesy of SC

Dune-like structures will surround the stadium, housing hospitality areas, concessions and other services. Nearby, will be a mosque, aquatics center, athletic track, cricket pitch, tennis courts and a hockey pitch. Shaded walkways, a skate park, outdoor fitness center, cycling and running track will also be included on the site's premises. 

As with the Qatar's other planned World Cup stadiums, Al Rayyan will be cooled for year-round use.  

Courtesy of SC
Courtesy of SC

After the World Cup, the stadium will be reduced to 21,000 seats and will be used as the new home of the Al Rayyan Sports Club - one of Qatar's most popular football teams. It's dismantled upper tier will be donated to "nations in need of sporting infrastructure." 

Pattern Architects will collaborate with Ramboll and AECOM.

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Qatar Unveils Fifth World Cup Venue: Al Rayyan Stadium by Pattern Architects" 23 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/623220/qatar-unveils-fifth-world-cup-venue-al-rayyan-stadium-by-pattern-architects/>