Zaha Hadid’s Al Wakrah Stadium for FIFA World Cup of 2022
Qatar will be hosting the World Cup of 2022 with history’s greatest concentration of stadiums, ten of them within a 30-kilometer range around Doha. A project that has recently come to light is Zaha Hadid’s. To be executed in collaboration with the engineering firm AECOM, the Iraqi-born British architect’s design for the city of Al Wakrah – located 15 kilometers south of Doha – takes inspiration from the dhow, a sailboat of Arabian origins. With capacity for 40,000 spectators – seated in modular grandstands that can be reduced in size, as needed –, the stadium combines passive and mechanical cooling strategies to battle high temperatures, even with the intentions of moving the sporting event to winter. Construction is to begin in 2014.
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