Arup Associates are delighted that the New Doha Tennis Stadium at Khalifa Park in Qatar is a finalist in the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards, Leisure Led Development - Future Projects Category. The project team are looking forward to presenting the project at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin this November.
The design of the stadium is a fluid and dynamic response to the site, to local environmental conditions and to the functional requirements of a multi-purpose arena, focussed on tennis. Won in competition, the design is characterised by the simple, elegant expression of its two primary functional elements: the bowl, and the base. The pure form of the conical bowl balances gently on a ribbon of concourses and other accommodation at its base, which sweeps upwards from the surrounding earth to create a dramatic opening, focussed on the heart of the new tennis complex. Together, the two components form a memorable and yet completely functional sculptural shape that it is imbued with the fluid movement of a ball in flight. The simplicity and elegance of the two components creates a sense of timelessness in the design.
Previous winners include Arup Associates' Singapore National Stadium.