For the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, DDN is presenting a series of new architectures built for the event, starting with Lusail Stadium, designed by Foster + Partners
FIFA World Cup 2022 started in Qatar on November 20, 2022, exceptionally in winter, given the very high temperatures of the Middle Eastern country. Qatar has been getting ready to host the World Cup since 2010 through an articulated strategy of tourism and cultural development. Research on the country’s heritage and climate was the starting point for many of the stadiums designed by major international designers, which are now ready to host matches.
A stadium inspired by Arab bowls
Designed by Foster + Partners, Lusail Stadium fits harmoniously into the Lusail’s landscape. The city is located on the Qatari coast about 20 km north of Doha city center. Built on a perfectly round plant, the stadium is inspired by traditional Arab food bowls. Although it is equipped with cutting-edge technologies and very innovative spaces for fans and players, its architecture is quite simple.
A metal diagram defines the geometry of the stadium’s envelope, and the burnished gold finish makes it look like a large and striking golden vessel; thanks to the finish and weave, the stadium’s curtain wall draws a distinctive decoration. The triangular perimeter grid is composed of diagonal beams performing a dual structural and aesthetic function also allowing the façade to filter light and provide the right amount of shade.
Luke Fox, head of the Foster + Partners firm, said that the design research has focused on a simple and striking form reflecting the function of the building. Lusail Stadium also has to respond to Qatar’s climate and enhance the city’s skyline. In the future, the capacity of the stadium will be almost halved; the space obtained by eliminating part of the structure will make it a flexible venue also suitable for non-sporting events.