Architect Zaha Hadid is responsible for the design of the Al Janoub Stadium, the first stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The stadium was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in conjunction with the engineering firm Aecom and will host seven matches during the World Cup.
The stadium will be located in the coastal city of Al Wakrah, about 23 kilometres south of Doha, Qatar. The stadium will seat 40,000 spectators and will also be used for football during the summer months in Qatar. A full retractable roof will allow the stadium to be used year-round. This will help players and spectators cool down during the game. The interior of the stadium is designed to mimic the shape of a traditional dhow, or Arabic fishing boat.
The dhow is a traditional wooded fishing boat, and Zaha Hadid’s stadium is inspired by the shape of these boats. Rather than a traditional box, the stadium is a curved shape that connects tradition with modernity.
The stadium design includes a large podium that connects the stadium to the surrounding landscape. The podium reduces the stadium’s size and height, and it also connects directly to the stadium’s main concourse. The podium is surrounded by a bronze-coloured ornamental screen that provides shade for the stadium’s circulation areas. The stadium has mechanical air-conditioning systems, which will aim to keep temperatures at 30 degrees or less. This system will be complemented by passive cooling systems.
The Zaha Hadid Architects stadium will be able to reduce its capacity from 40,000 to 20,000 after the 2022 World Cup. This will allow for more seats to be distributed to developing countries. In addition, the stadium will also have demountable seats, which will be transferred to other countries in need of sports facilities.
Zaha Hadid was the first female architect to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She has also been named as one of the world’s greatest architects. She was also awarded the Stirling Prize for her work on the Al Janoub Stadium. However, after the deaths of hundreds of Indian migrant workers in Qatar, her involvement in the project has been questioned.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ stadium is one of nine stadiums being built in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The rest of the stadiums are scheduled to be unveiled in coming months. There are a number of allegations that have been made against Qatar, including widespread exploitation of foreign workers. These allegations have been criticized by Amnesty International. There have also been allegations of bribery in the bidding process.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium is designed for use in searing Qatari summers. The stadium will have a curved roof, which will shield spectators and players from the sun. It will also be designed to moderate the searing temperatures of Qatar. It is also equipped with a seating-bowl cooling system. The air is recycled and pumped to keep players and spectators cool. The stadium’s design will also incorporate passive cooling systems, such as the use of PTFE fabric that mimics the look of a sail.