Four British practices have been shortlisted in the competition to design the centrepiece stadium for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar
Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects are all vying for the job to mastermind the 80,000-seat capacity stadium in Lusail.
An earlier tender process for the flagship arena in Doha, which will host the World Cup final in eight years’ time, was ditched in March, having rumbled on for almost 12 months. According to reports in AJ sister publication MEED, none of the proposals tendered then were thought to accurately ‘reflect modern Qatari design and culture’.
As a result the contest organisers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, began another search. The shortlisted architects were asked to attend workshops with the committee ‘to ensure the fresh design met expectations’. The proposals were submitted last week.
AJ100 chart-topper Foster + Partners has already worked on a scheme for the so-called Lusail Iconic Stadium, having drawn up a concept for the arena as part of Qatar’s successful World Cup bid in late 2010.
Mossessian & Partners has also been active in the region, playing a major part in the Heart of Doha (now Mushereib) mixed-use scheme, which won an Architectural Review Future Projects award for combining ‘architectural excellence’ with both environmental and social context.
Mangera Yvars has work in Doha, too, having designed among other things the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, which is nearing completion.
Doha had initially planned to spend $4 billion on building nine new stadiums, as well as overhauling the existing Al-Rayyan, Al-Gharafa and Khalifa arenas.
However, Qatar’s 2022 organising committee recently announced it was considering reducing the number of proposed host stadiums to ‘an amount that better reflected the size of the country’. Among those schemes still likely to go ahead is the Al-Wakrah stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid.
None of the practices involved in the new Lusail contest were available to comment.