Qatar 2022 Al Rayyan Stadium

Al Rayyan Precinct is one of the venues hosting matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar. The Design and Construct tender for the stadium is part of the Q22’s three-year Strategic Plan (2012 – 2015) to create and deliver FIFA-approved, world-class, stadia in a sustainable manner. The programme should foster the progress of Qatar, leaving a lasting social, economic and cultural legacy that will benefit the nation for decades after the event is staged.

The project proposal should consider the existing Al Rayyan Football Stadium and a careful approach to retrofit, renovate and expand the existing structures. In addition should consider further and affordable changes to resize the stadium after the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

The proposal is a complete “plug & play” stadium where not only the tiers but all parts of the stadium will be modular. The floors, columns, façade, roof, building services and even the fit-out for the spectators, business lounges, skyboxes and spectators outlets can all be seen as a “plug & play” system and are made out of prefabricated elements put together with dry interlocking demountable joints.

All prefab elements can be produced in Qatar to foster the local economy and leave a long-lasting industrial legacy. This allows for maximum flexibility in design to prepare the stadium for the tournament as well as to modify it afterwards. The design presents then a Tournament Mode and a Legacy Mode.

In Tournament mode (one of 3 operational modes), the stadium will accommodate approximately 44740 spectators to FIFA standards, reverting to a smaller capacity of 25000 spectators in Legacy mode.

In Tournament mode the temporary increase in the stadium seating capacity and provisions for bowl -, pitch – and precinct cooling are the most important principal requirements. The high density and compactness of the stadium surroundings ensures shading and passive cooling for its approaching spectators. Performance modeling (e.g. energy, day lighting) and parametric design tools are used to further optimize shading, daylight management and natural ventilation.

In Legacy mode the stadium has to serve as a catalyzer for further spreading education facilities, shopping and new sports venues among other things, converting into a local, public and social place.

This multifunctional configuration and tight urban integration increases the usability and hence the profitability of the stadium, in which playing football is one of the various stadium functions.

Developed as part of a large team while working at ZJA.

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