form of Al Wakrah Stadium will be instantly recognisable and will live long in
the memory. Its graceful lines and flowing curves are the invention of
superstar architect Zaha Hadid, who was inspired by the sails of traditional
dhow boats weaving through currents of the Gulf.
A modern take on a historic design
The result will be
a futuristic arena that alludes to Al Wakrah’s seafaring past – a spectacular bridge
between old and new, and a strong visual representation of Qatar’s drive to
reach beyond its shores.
Beauty meets practicality
The view from the inside of the stadium is
just as stunning, where bowed wooden beams hold up the roof, resembling a
ship’s hull and allowing light to flood in to the arena.
Plenty of light will not mean too much heat though. Alongside an innovative cooling system, ingenious design will play a part in keeping fans, players and officials comfortable. Detailed micro-climate analysis informed the arena’s shape, with aerodynamics and optimal shading from the roof (which incorporates a minimal amount of glass) making a significant contribution to temperature control.
These clever solutions have come from AECOM, who have designed Al Wakrah Stadium in association with Zaha Hadid Architects. AECOM serves as the design consultant on the project, while KEO International Consultants is the project manager.