Lusail Iconic Stadium
New concept for the stadium's design
|Owner||Qatar Football Association|
|Broke ground||11 April 2017|
|Architect||Foster + Partners with MANICA Architecture|
|General contractor||HBK Contracting|
China Railway Construction Corporation
|Main contractors||previously KEO|
|Qatar national football team|
Lusail Iconic Stadium (Arabic: ملعب لوسيل الدولي) is a football stadium under construction in Lusail, Qatar, to be built in time for the finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It will be used for the opening and final games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Its design was revealed in December 2018, and once finished, the stadium will have a capacity for 80,000 spectators.
The stadium was designed by British firm Foster + Partners, who received support from MANICA Architecture specialising in sport design. In the construction phase, KEO Consultants provided design services to the Contractor as part of its Design & Build. KEO were replaced in 2018. The design includes an almost circular base and will be surrounded by a moat and be connected to the car park by six bridges.
The stadium has a near-circular footprint and sits on the masterplan’s primary axis, which divides the stadium precinct into two halves. Encircled by a reflective pool of water, spectators cross the 'moat' to enter the building via six bridges. An outer pedestrian concourse extends from the water towards an array of smaller amenity buildings and a hotel at the stadium’s perimeter. The British designers sought to mirror the ancient Arab craft of bowl weaving in the stadium's inner structure.
The saddle-form roof appears to float above the concrete seating bowl, discreetly supported by a ring of arching columns. Its central section can be retracted to allow the pitch to be either open to the sky or fully covered. The concave profile of the stadium’s outer enclosure evokes the sails of a traditional dhow boat and incorporates a system of operable louvres. Inside, the seating bowl is designed to enhance the experience and atmosphere for spectators: VIP and hospitality accommodation is concentrated along the sides of the pitch to create a continuous sea of fans behind each goal.
Located in the centre of a new development to the north of Doha, with direct connections by road and a new metro line, Lusail Iconic Stadium is intended to be a catalyst for development growth of Lusail city. Parking and service areas are shaded by canopies of solar collectors, which will produce energy for the stadium when it is in use, as well as generating power for neighbouring buildings.
On 2 February 2011, it was announced that the stadium would be reconfigured into a 40,000 seat post-World Cup football stadium. Excess seating will be removed, and other parts of the building repurposed as a community space with shops, cafés, athletic and education facilities, and a health clinic.
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