With "Expect Amazing” as its slogan, the 2022 FIFA World Cup promises
to be, well, amazing. To achieve this "wow” factor, FIFA chose as host a
country willing to go the extra mile: Qatar. And Qatar is already
bringing big ideas: German architecture firm AS&P
(Albert Speer & Partner), along with the help of PROPROJEKT and
SERVICEPLAN, has already designed eight of the 12 new stadiums that will
be constructed or retrofitted for the global event.
According to AS&P, it’s not just construction of the stadiums
that will fill the next 11 years. Billions of dollars in infrastructure
will need to be built in the rich desert country. And their plans make
the promised World Cup experience unique: with all of the stadiums
located within an hour travel time of each other, football fans will be
able to see more than one game in a day if they wish to.
Three existing stadiums will be expanded for the project, and nine
new stadiums will be built. The firm plans to exceed FIFA’s
specifications with every aspect of each stadium: the seats count will
grow, environmental efficiency standards will match and exceed FIFA’s
figures, and more. Photovoltaic panels will be utilized to this end, and
air will be re-circulated within stadiums to help combat the desert
heat efficiently. Additionally, the field itself will be cooled for
players using innovative carbon-neutral technology.
Three of the new stadiums, Al-Khor, Al-Wakrah, and Al-Shamal, are to
be constructed of modular components, making them ready to be
disassembled and hauled elsewhere at the end of a game.
The bold stadiums also boast centrality to all hotels associated with
the conference, and close proximity to the New Doha International
Airport as well.
Images © design: AS&P – Albert Speer & Partner GmbH / visualization: HHVISION, Cologne