UK-based sports specialist AFL Architects is to deliver Foster + Partners’ designs for the centrepiece stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
The practice, which has offices in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Doha, is working with the joint venture design and build contractors to construct the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, which will host both the first game of the tournament and the closing ceremony.
In November the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) of the World Cup appointed Qatari contractor HBK Contracting and the China Railway Construction Corporation to jointly deliver the venue 20km north of Qatar’s capital Doha.
AFL will take forward the schematic design for the ‘internationally recognisable landmark’ which Foster + Partners completed earlier this year, along with proposals for how it will integrate with the neighbouring Lusail City.
The stadium, one of eight venues for the tournament, will contain an open-air pitch that can be cooled to 26°C using cooled and shaded spectator stands and state-of-the-art green technologies. The designs have yet to be released, however.
Foster + Partners began working on the arena’s concept as part of Qatar’s successful bid for the World Cup in late 2010 and, after a lengthy competition process, landed the detailed design work in March 2015.
Speaking at the end of last year, SCDL secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi said: ‘Lusail Stadium will be the centrepiece of our tournament in 2022, and post-tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase.
‘We look forward to revealing the Qatari-inspired design and detailed legacy plans to the people in Qatar and football fans across the world [later this] year.’