How can you hold a major sporting event in temperatures of 45°C? The answer is to create a stadium like no other. Sophisticated and sustainable, The Showcase in Qatar revolutionised stadium design and played a defining role in the country’s successful 2022 World Cup bid.
How can you hold a major sporting event in temperatures of 45°C?
The original brief from the Qatar 2022 team was for a simple pavilion to showcase cooling technology. But it soon became clear that for Qatar to win the 2022 World Cup bid, they’d need to do more than build a model.
Working together to extraordinarily tight timings, our architects and engineers designed and built the world’s first carbon zero stadium, for real.
Not only did this 500-seat mini stadium demonstrate to FIFA that the beautiful game really could be played and watched safely in extreme temperatures; it put sustainability at the centre of Qatar’s bid.
“A clear demonstration that big, radical thinking can be commercially viable”
Using existing technology in radical new ways, we designed a pioneering system that converts heat from the sun into energy and then into cool air. In a world first, the air is circulated around the stadium to keep players and spectators comfortable. And, because the sun’s energy is used to power the entire stadium, it’s genuinely carbon zero.
On the stadium’s exterior, we also designed each surface so that it stays cool during matches, despite extra heat from electrical lighting and people.
The result of this advanced technology? On the day FIFA visited, when temperatures outside hit 44°C, the inside of the stadium was a cooling 23°C with the roof open.
People will travel from all over the world for the 2022 World Cup. So it was important to the Qatar team that the stadium showcased the best of modern, Middle Eastern design.
We based our concept on the Arabic love of geometry. Using spirals, circles and patterns, and taking inspiration from desert textures and forms, we created a stadium which both challenges and embraces geometric concepts.
..INSPIRATION FROM DESERT TEXTURES..
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Completed on time and on budget, the Qatar Showcase stadium was a clear demonstration that big, radical thinking can be commercially viable.
As well as setting a new sustainable benchmark for stadium design the world over, it played a major part in securing the World Cup for Qatar. And perhaps even more importantly, it helped position Qatar itself as a progressive, forward thinking nation.
Client: Qatar 2022 Bid Committee
Architecture & Engineering: Arup Associates
Completion Date: September 2010
44°C outside, 23°C inside
8 weeks to design
4.5 months to build
2011 World Architecture Awards, Shortlisted Sports Category
2011 IStructE Awards, Shortlisted Sport or Leisure Category