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Designs for fifth Qatar World Cup stadium revealed

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Pattern has revealed its designs for this 40,000-seat stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

The London-based practice is working with Aecom and Ramboll on the Al Rayyan stadium - the fifth World Cup venue to be officially unveiled.

The arena will host matches from up to the quarter-final stage of the football tournament.

The stadium will be built on the site of the former Al Rayyan Sports Club stadium which was recently demolished. The materials reclaimed from the previous stadium’s demolition will be used in the construction of the new Al Rayyan venue.

Its facade will feature patterns and designs, which draw on the history of Al Rayyan and Qatari culture.

The scheme has been designed to reduce to a capacity of 21,000 in legacy mode when the upper tier of seats will be removed and sent to developing nations in need of sports infrastructure.

Speaking at the stadium’s launch, Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the supreme committee for delivery and legacy, said: ‘Unveiling the design of Al Rayyan stadium is another important step forward in our preparations to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. We will continue to work tirelessly as our vision for the tournament takes shape on the ground.

‘As one of the most successful and widely-supported clubs in Qatar, Al Rayyan has always played an important part in our hosting plans. We are very confident that this impressively designed stadium and precinct will become a landmark for the Al Rayyan area and benefit the entire community.’

Dipesh Patel, architect and founder of Pattern Design, commented: ‘A key feature of the stadium is its elegant, ornate façade: a contemporary take on traditional Naquish patterns specific to Qatari culture. This builds on our interest in how patterns are culturally rich symbols with a universal appeal. The stadium’s distinctive façade was created using cutting-edge parametric design tools so that it also plays an important role in cooling the building. The result is a landmark for Qatar that works effectively both as a world-stage for sport and, we hope, something that is genuinely meaningful and welcoming locally.’

David Barwell, AECOM chief executive Middle East and India added: ‘The community and culture of Al Rayyan has been at the heart of what we are trying to achieve, creating a destination venue that will leave a meaningful legacy they can be proud of, now and in the future.’

Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects and Populous are among the other UK practices working on World Cup venues.

Al Rayyan stadium is set to complete at the beginning of 2019.

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