The New Doha Tennis Stadium (NDTS) is central to an integrated, world class sport and leisure complex that combines sporting excellence and functional efficiency, captures the imagination of the world’s greatest tennis players, and creates a legacy that inspires Qatari players of all ages.
The master plan vision integrates the Grand Park, the Sports Precinct and the State Mosque environment to encourage a new recreational ‘heart’ of Doha. The stadium, Tennis Precinct and Sports Precincts are intrinsic parts of this wider world class public realm, which supports the intent of the Qatar National Master Plan’s National Open Space and Recreation Strategy, and underpins the Qatar National Development Framework’s vision to make Doha ‘the Gulf’s most liveable city’.
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. The aspiration is to provide an enduring and iconic building that clearly expresses its tennis focussed nature. The stadium remains a distinctive, universally recognisable representation of Qatari tennis at the highest international level, located at the heart of a world class sporting precinct; itself an intrinsic part of Doha’s new world class public and cultural realms.
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.
The vision for the Khalifa Sports Park is to create a world class tennis facility and a sports-led destination for Doha. The site presents a unique opportunity to bring together tennis, athletic and football activities in one place, housed in state-of-the art facilities that offer an outstanding sporting experience for players and visitors in the heart of the city. Key to this is the delivery of the New Doha Tennis Stadium (NDTS) adjacent to the existing Khalifa Tennis Complex (KTC). The Khalifa Sports Park forms the culmination of a broad stretch of cultural, leisure, recreational and sporting facilities that terminate in the Abdul Wahhab Mosque to the north and in the Emiri Diwan and Msheireb to the south. The site is a world class sporting facility – it is also an intrinsic part of a wider world class public realm that supports the intent of the Qatar National Master Plan’s (QNMP) National Open Space and Recreation Strategy.