GOOD Design Daily: Qatar's World Cup 2022 Stadiums
The recent announcement of Qatar as the winning bidder for the 2022 World Cup Games has stirred a bit controversy. It's the first time that a Middle Eastern nation has been selected to host the World Cup and questions of transportation and proper accommodation for athletes and sporting fans alike are still unanswered. Let's not forget that average temperatures during the summer in Qatar hang around 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
But to help settle some of these questions, Qatar has some good news: All of the stadiums will utilize the region's solar energy through solar panels which will help keep temperatures cool. Energy will also be collected from the 12 stadiums when they're not in use, and will be stored for later use. It's all part of Qatar's plan for a carbon-neutral World Cup. Still, questions remain as to how exactly they're going to achieve all of this. Solar energy has never been used on this large a scale.
In the meantime, here's a look at how the proposed stadium designs will handle the heat and what they might be used for after the final match.
Photos courtesy of Qatar's Bid website.
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Qatar plans to host the opening and closing matches for the 2022 World Cup in the Lusail Iconic Stadium (in the city of Lusail), which boasts a seating capacity of 86, 250.
Doha Port Stadium will be on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf and will have water running over its outer surface, aiding in the cooling process.
Al-Gharafa Stadium is one of three stadiums set for remodeling in Qatar. Colorful ribbons will decorate the outer walls, symbolizing the various nations to qualify for the 2022 World Cup Games.
With its flexible roof and seashell shape, Al-Khor Stadium will offer spectators a wonderful view of the Gulf—right from their seats.
Located in one of Qatar's oldest cities, Al-Wakrah Stadium takes inspiration from the city's local heritage in fishing and pearl diving.
The Al-Shamal Stadium is modeled after a "dhow" fishing boat commonly used in the Gulf.
Al-Rayyan Stadium is one of Qatar's current stadiums and features a "media membrane" on the outside walls where updates and news on current matches are projected.
Inspired from traditional Arab tents, Sports City Stadium has plenty of retractable seating, making it ideal for future sporting events and concerts.
The Qatar University Stadium will feature a facade with traditional Arabic geometric patterns. After the World Cup games, the stadium's seating capacity will be downsized for use by university student athletes.
Situated in the middle of various university campuses, Education City Stadium takes the form of a diamond, with a surface that will glitter in the day and glow at night.
The Khalifa International Stadium, which hosted the 2006 Asian Games and features long arches and partially covered seating, is the final of the three stadiums set for redesign.