First Look: Qatar World Cup stadium design references nomadic heritage

The new World Cup 2022 stadium is designed to resemble the tents used by Qatar's local nomadic tribes.

July 02, 2014 |
All renderings courtesy of Neoscape

Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have released images of the second stadium design, Archdaily reports.

Dubbed the Al Bayt Stadium, the complex is planned for Al Khor City. It will be surrounded by retail space, restaurants, and landscaped recreational trails for cycling, jogging, and horseback riding.

The design is based on the Bayt Al Sha’ar, commonly known in English as "Bedouin Tents"—black and white tents used traditionally by nomadic people in Qatar, and a symbol of hospitality for desert travelers.

Designed by an unnamed group of Qatari architects, the stadium will attempt to meet LEED and Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) standards.

The committee also stated that it will be constructed in accordance with the new Workers’ Welfare Standards, which Archdaily reports is a response to concerns over the safety and wefare of construction workers on Qatar’s world cup projects.


Al Bayt Stadium from Neoscape on Vimeo.

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