New details have emerged on Zaha Hadid Architects and AECOM’s 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium in Qatar. Scheduled to begin construction in late 2014, the 40,000-seat venue pulls inspiration from a local fishing boat – the Arabian dhow – to influence its overall design.
One of the most important design aspects featured includes a modular second tier, comprised primarily of engineered timber, that will be dismantled and shipped to various developing countries after the games. This will not only reduce the Al Wakrah Stadium’s capacity by half after the games, but also extend the Stadium’s “legacy.”
The Zaha Hadid-designed stadium will be the first of six built for the 2022 World Cup. It will be located in one of the oldest inhabited areas of Qatar, a historic port city located 15 kilometers south of Doha.