The beautiful peninsular State of Qatar will be home to the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2022. This massive and highly-anticipated global football event will take place from the 21st of November to the 18th of December 2022. To host the soccer matches, preparations for 8 amazing stadiums using modern architecture techniques have been underway – get to know about each of these stunning Qatar projects by the greatest architects!
Al Bayt Stadium by AS+P Albert Speer + Partner and Dar Al-Handasah
Located in Al-Khor, this 60-000 capacity Qatar football stadium is set to host the opening match of the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2022. Its giant tent structure covers the whole stadium and is inspired by traditional tents of nomadic peoples from the Gulf region. A brilliant idea by one of the world’s greatest architects.
The upper tier of the modular design seating is portable, allowing it to be removed after the competition, and given to developing nations in need of sports infrastructure. The unique design of this stadium was revealed in 2014 and inaugurated in early 2020, coinciding with Qatar’s National Sports Day.
Al Thumama Stadium by Ibrahim Jaidah Architects & Engineers
Located 12km south of Doha, this amazing stadium’s design draws inspiration from the Gahfiya, the traditional headpiece worn by Muslim men, a familiar cultural reference among Arabs in the Arab world, cleverly used by the greatest architects.
This stadium uses recycled water to irrigate green areas, thus consuming 40% less water than a conventional stadium. 50,000 sqm of the park area is also integrated within the design, using native trees to cover 84% of the landscape.
Al Janoub Stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects + AECOM
This stunning Qatar football stadium was built in Al Wakrah, an area with a profound archeological heritage The work of the greatest architects, the Al Janoub’s design draws inspiration from Doha‘s history of pearl diving, fishing, and traditional dhow boats – the ultimate example of the finest modern architecture.
This 40,000-seat stadium opened on May 16, 2019, on the day of the Amir Cup final. There are several new facilities that are being built alongside the stadium, to ensure its use in the long run.
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium by BDP Pattern, Ramboll, and AECOM
This fascinating stadium designed by world-famous architects, which opened in December 2020 during the Amir Cup final, is located in Al Rayyan. Its unique design pays tribute to Qatari culture and traditions through its undulating façade, made of patterns that reflect the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, the native flora and fauna, and local and international trade.
The 40,000 fans that it can seat will be protected by a lightweight canopy and advanced cooling systems, shielding them from Qatar’s famous hot temperatures. An amazing feat achieved by the greatest architects and engineers.
Education City Stadium by Fenwick Iribarren Architects
Situated in the midst of several prestigious university campuses, this Qatar football stadium can seat 40,000 fans. Its design, created by the greatest architects using cutting-edge modern architecture techniques, resembles a jagged diamond and it is a symbol of innovation, sustainability, and progress.
The stadium’s triangular patterns, inspired by traditional arabesques, change its color during the day, following the solar movement. In order to guarantee a great experience for the fans, the pitch sits below sea level, where temperatures are cooler.
Khalifa Stadium by Aspire Zone Foundation
This historical Qatar football stadium was built in 1976 in Al Rayyan and it was renovated and expanded in 2005 for the 2006 Asian Games. Seating 40,000 fans, it features a cooling technology that allows for a comfortable environment for the players. A true masterpiece achieved by world-famous architects.
A single roof has been added to cover seating areas, along with a new east wing structure and sweeping arcs. With its unique design, it is the centerpiece of the Aspire Zone sports complex.
Stadium 974 by Fenwick Iribarren Architects
This charismatic stadium, built from shipping containers, is located on Doha’s West Bay shore, overlooking the Gulf Coast and the dazzling West Bay skyscrapers. Its unique design, a masterpiece by some of the world’s greatest architects, pays tribute to Qatar’s illustrious international trade and seafaring traditions.
Inaugurated in November 2021, this pioneering stadium project will be dismantled and its materials will be reutilized upon completion of the FIFA soccer world cup.
Lusail Stadium by Foster + Partners and Populous
The largest of all 2022 world cup stadiums, the Lusail Stadium will be hosting the 2022 FIFA soccer world cup final, and it is one of the main stadiums of the competition.
Its ground-breaking design takes inspiration from the interplay of light and shadow seen in the Fanar lantern, and its structural form and façade reflect the motifs of art and furniture pieces from the early Arab and Islamic world.
The planning of the stadium, from the minds of the greatest architects, involves a tram system and green spaces, turning this area into a lush space focused on sustainability and environmental conservation.