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The Evolution of the Stadium: How the World Cup Has Influenced the Design of Sports Venues

09:30 - 14 June, 2018
The Evolution of the Stadium: How the World Cup Has Influenced the Design of Sports Venues, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

When the Greeks carved stone steps into the side of a hill, they were aiming to create a seated area for people to rest and from which to have an excellent view of the stage at the amphitheater's center. over two millennia later, these objectives are still key to stadium design principles, however, with an ever-increasing global reach and the need for multiple functions, the goal posts for what makes a successful arena are always being moved. As you prepare to watch the 2018 World Cup hosted in Russia, take a look at this list of notable stadium designs in World Cup history which have influenced the evolution of stadium design.

These Time-Lapses Capture the Construction of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums

06:00 - 13 June, 2018
These Time-Lapses Capture the Construction of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums, via screenshot from video
via screenshot from video

As the 2018 World Cup approaches, we architects can already look ahead to the next tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar offers the most exciting opportunity in stadium design for decades, with the competition relying on an almost entirely new footballing infrastructure. Several world-renowned designers have submitted proposals, and the following set of newly released time-lapse videos show the progression of each stadium, as we approach four years to the competition’s start. Emphasising the structural shells, the videos highlight a sometimes overlooked facet of stadium design. To materialize the effortless magic of the initial renders - like those produced by Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects - phenomenal levels of engineering and problem solving are required, and in the early stages of construction, this becomes the visual focal point. Read on to see the beauty of these structural marvels, but be warned - you may develop World Cup fever.

Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar Takes Shape as New Images Released

12:00 - 26 April, 2018
Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar Takes Shape as New Images Released, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

New images of the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar have been released, as construction continues in Doha ahead of its projected December 2018 opening. The architectural concept for the scheme has been inspired by the desert rose, and seeks to create a dialogue between the fluid, contemporary architectural form of the museum, and the historic objects it will contain. As quoted in a recent press release by Qatar Museums, the scheme will “give a voice to Qatar’s heritage whilst celebrating its future.”

See the Progress of Zaha Hadid Architects' World Cup Stadium in Qatar, Set to Open This Year

16:00 - 20 February, 2018
See the Progress of Zaha Hadid Architects' World Cup Stadium in Qatar, Set to Open This Year

Construction of Zaha Hadid ArchitectsAl Wakrah Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is marching forward, with an opening date anticipated by the end of 2018. As shown in a video released by the Supreme Committee for Legacy & Delivery, the stadium’s concrete lower bowl has been poured and its massive roof pillars have been successfully installed.

A Modular, Demountable Stadium Built From Shipping Containers Will Be Erected for Qatar 2022 World Cup

12:30 - 28 November, 2017
A Modular, Demountable Stadium Built From Shipping Containers Will Be Erected for Qatar 2022 World Cup, Courtesy of The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
Courtesy of The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

The design of the seventh stadium being constructed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been revealed. Designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects, the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be constructed from a series of modified shipping containers sitting within a steel framework, allowing it to be quickly assembled, disassembled and then reassembled in a new location following the conclusion of the event.

OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public

16:10 - 10 November, 2017
OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public, Qatar National Library. <a href='http://https://www.facebook.com/TheQatarNationalLibrary/photos/a.777400588989497.1073741838.436689453060614/1548283765234505/?type=3&theater'>via Facebook</a>
Qatar National Library. via Facebook

The OMA-designed Qatar National Library has opened to the public in the Education City district of Doha, Qatar, giving residents access to a wealth of top-of-the-line facilities, including computer labs, group study spaces, a writing center, innovation stations offering 3D-printing tools and musical instruments, and of course, a massive library containing more than one million books, periodicals and special collections.

Against All Odds, Photos Show Qatar's Determination to Construct World-Class City

09:30 - 20 October, 2017
Against All Odds, Photos Show Qatar's Determination to Construct World-Class City, © Manuel Alvarez Diestro
© Manuel Alvarez Diestro

The history of the Qatar Peninsula—or Catara, as first labeled on an ancient map drawn by the Greco-Roman polymath Claudius Ptolemaeus—dates back to the Paleolithic Age. By the 1930s, the tiny Gulf state was struggling to maintain its position as the center of the pearl trade, but soon after, in the 1940s, it found itself at the forefront of economic growth and progress after the discovery of its vast oil reserves. Today, Qatar is the world’s richest country per capita; its capital Doha an ever-growing crop of shiny high-rises, with occasional buildings by the world's most sought-after architects thrown in for effect, its skyline flecked with tireless cranes, and its suburbs strewn with bulldozers, machinery, and endless mounds of displaced sand.

The Design of the Latest Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium is Inspired by an Arabic Cap

17:00 - 22 August, 2017
The Design of the Latest Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium is Inspired by an Arabic Cap, Courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
Courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Designs have been revealed of the latest, and most central soccer stadium being constructed for the 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar. Designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah and design consultant Heerim, the Al Thumama Stadium will feature a woven-pattern exterior skin inspired by the traditional ‘gahfiya’ cap worn by Arab men.

ELEMENTAL Selected to Design One of Qatar's Largest Cultural Centers – Doha's "Art Mill"

08:45 - 15 May, 2017
ELEMENTAL Selected to Design One of Qatar's Largest Cultural Centers – Doha's "Art Mill", ELEMENTAL's "Art Mill" concept design. Image © ELEMENTAL / Malcolm Reading Consultants
ELEMENTAL's "Art Mill" concept design. Image © ELEMENTAL / Malcolm Reading Consultants

ELEMENTAL, led by Pritzker Prize laureate Alejandro Aravena, has been selected as the design team for the Art Mill project in Doha, Qatar. Following a 26-strong longlist and a shortlist of eight internationally renowned practices, including Atelier Bow-Wow and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the Chilean practice have been lauded by the jury for developing "a serene artwork, [in which] the structure is the architecture." Once complete, the project will join two other nearby cultural heavyweights: the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei, and the National Museum of Qatar designed by Jean Nouvel.

Why IM Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art is the Perfect Building to Suit Doha’s Style

09:30 - 16 March, 2017
Why IM Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art is the Perfect Building to Suit Doha’s Style, © Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost
© Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost

#donotsettle is an online video project created by Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost about architecture and the way it is perceived by its users. Having published a number of videos on ArchDaily over the past two years, Pramoto and Provoost are now launching an exclusive column, “#donotsettle extra,” which will accompany some of their #donotsettle videos with in-depth textual analysis of the buildings they visit.

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