Spanish firm redefines football stadium concept for FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

An aerial view of Qatar’s Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the first ever demountable and reusable stadium for the FIFA World Cup 2022 edition.

Doha, November 30, 2017.

By Sudeep Sonawane

Spanish architectural firm Fenwick Iribarren Architects’ (FI-A) innovative ideas for a venue in Qatar redefines football stadium design standards.

The firm showcased a sustainable design for one of Qatar’s stadiums that will host FIFA World Cup matches in 2022.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), tasked with building stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, says the modular reusable stadium is a first in the history of FIFA.

SC Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi says, “The modular design makes it the first ever demountable FIFA World Cup stadium.”

Earlier this week, Qatar unveiled the design for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the seventh stadium design for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The firm’s design enables crews to move the stadium’s parts in shipping containers. Crews can transfer the removable and reusable seats and other steel modular building blocks that form an elegant curved square shaped stadium.

Hosts Qatar will dismantle this stadium and a few other new ones after the World Cup ends. They will reuse Ras Abu Aboud Stadium’s building blocks to construct several other venues in Qatar.

SC says this will widen access to cultural and sports events in Qatar. Officials want the tournament to leave a lasting legacy for the local community.

The modular design ensures the stadium will use fewer construction materials. This minimises waste, reduced construction carbon footprint, and less construction period of three years, SC says.

“This design will receive a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification,” SC says.

FIFA’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Federico Addiechi says, “Qatar is delivering ‘superb’ results in terms of sustainability and innovation. There’s strong emphasis on sustainability, including a commitment to ensure that all infrastructure meets strict design, build and operations criteria under the GSAS certification programme.”

The launch of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium design comes three months after the launch of the Al Thumama Stadium and six months after the inauguration of Khalifa International Stadium following its renovation.

All projects are progressing per schedule and will be delivered by their target completion dates, SC says.

Construction work of the 40,000-seat Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, set in a 450,000 square metre waterfront site on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, ends in 2020. It is southeast of capital city Doha and 1.5 km from Hamad International Airport.

The stadium plan has transport links to Qatar Rail’s Gold Line, and direct road connections to the centre of Doha and Al Wakrah.