The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has unveiled the design of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the seventh 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium design to be released.
Due for completion in 2020, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has a bold and innovative design concept, never seen in a FIFA World Cup venue before. Built using modular building blocks, it combines tournament experience and legacy planning in a revolutionary way to create a truly unique venue.
Commenting on the design, SC Secretary General Hassan al Thawadi said:"Innovation has always been central to our plans for delivering a historic FIFA World Cup that leaves a legacy for Qatar and the world, and there is no better example of this than the design of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium.
"This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports and cultural venues. All of this in a stadium that delivers the atmosphere fans expect at a World Cup and which we will build in a more sustainable way than ever before. I'm delighted with this design and confident that Ras Abu Aboud will become a blueprint for future mega-event planners to follow."
This innovative design was envisioned by Fenwick Iribarren Architects (FI-A), a firm with experience of designing some of the world's most impressive sports arenas, including the Casablanca Football Stadium in Morocco, Norway's new National Stadium and the iconic 2022 FIFA World Cup venue of Qatar Foundation Stadium.
Challenged with creating a venue that offers world-class atmosphere and fan experience as well as unrivalled legacy benefits, FI-A broke the stadium down into conceptual 'building blocks' and created a new design concept never seen at a mega-event before. The modular building blocks Ras Abu Aboud Stadium consists of are modified shipping containers, each containing fundamental stadium elements that can be quickly assembled and disassembled at various locations as required, all in pursuit of the SC's mission to ensure the 2022 FIFA World Cup'99 Qatar leaves a lasting legacy for the country, the region and the world.
Discussing his firm's design, FI-A Senior Partner and architect, Mark Fenwick, said:"We are delighted to be part of another 2022 FIFA World Cup project, and are very proud that our design for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will go down in history as the first-ever moveable and reusable FIFA World Cup stadium. We are confident that this innovative and sustainable concept will be an inspiration for stadium developers around the world, capable of creating aesthetically pleasing venues that offer new legacy possibilities."
Ras Abu Aboud's modular design also means construction of the venue will require fewer materials, create less waste and reduce the carbon footprint of the building process, all while reducing the time taken to build the stadium to as little as three years. Thanks to this sustainable approach to the stadium's construction, Ras Abu Aboud will receive a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification.