Before we’ve even reached the second stages of this year’s World Cup, we’re already looking into the future as the architectural designs for the 2022 Qatar football stadiums continue to be confirmed, with the recent release of the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City. Five stadiums will make up the final quota. The Al Bayt Stadium, likely to host the semi-final, has been confirmed as the second stadium to be constructed which has already begun and is expected to be completed in 2018.
Inspired by a traditional, nomadic, monochromatic tent known as Bayt Al Sha’ar, the stadium will reflect this design. With the traditional merged with the contemporary, the top tier of the stadium will be removable, meaning that the seating can be distributed worldwide to act as a legacy for the event. The Al Whakrah Stadium (pictured) was the first to undergo construction earlier this year, the sea faring fishing heritage of the surrounding areas are reflected in the streamlined design. It is reminiscent of a space ship in a science fiction film but its integral design elements mirror those of the traditional Dhow fishing boat, envisioned by Zaha Hadid Architecture.
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Words by Clare Potts. Images property of Zaha Hadid Architects