UK architect hired to design flagship Qatar 2022 stadium

Foster + Partners appointed to work on the Lusail Stadium which will host tournament final and opening ceremony
UK architect hired to design flagship Qatar 2022 stadium
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 09 Mar 2015 08:11 PM

UK architects Foster + Partners have been appointed to design the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, which will host the final of the country's World Cup tournament in 2022, it was announced on Monday.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said Foster + Partners will be carrying out the architectural design work as part of a team of sports and stadium design experts which includes ARUP and Populous.

The stadium will also host the opening ceremony and will seat 80,000 spectators, making it the largest proposed stadium for the World Cup.

Hassan Al Thawadi, SC secretary general, said: “We are excited to announce that the design contract has been awarded to Foster and Partners for Lusail Stadium.

"We look forward to working with them in creating an iconic, contemporary stadium inspired by Qatari culture. Lusail Stadium will be the centre-piece of the tournament, an architecturally innovative stadium which maintains sporting functionality and delivers on our sustainability commitments.”

He added: “With this design award, our vision for the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East is taking on further shape, following our recently-held first Local Organising Committee board meeting and with five stadiums currently in different stages of construction across the country.”

Lord Foster, chairman and founder of Foster + Partners, said: “It is an honour to design this centrepiece stadium. This is an exciting step forward in stadium design – it will be the first to break the mould of the free standing suburban concept, and instead anticipates the grid of this future city, of which it will be an integral part.” 

He added: “The project also pioneers the idea of an ongoing life for the stadium beyond the big event. The environmental strategies, particularly those that address the players as well as the spectators, will also be of international interest to the sporting public as well as those concerned with the architecture.”

Located in Lusail City, 15 kilometres north of Doha, the stadium will have a net seating capacity of 80,000 spectators and will contain an open-air pitch that can be cooled to an optimal 26 degrees Celsius using cooled and shaded spectator stands and state-of-the-art green technologies.

All contracts on Lusail Stadium will incorporate the SC’s Workers Welfare Standards, a statement said. Contractual enforcement of these standards and a rigorous four-tier auditing system will guarantee international best practice on Lusail Stadium and all venue and accommodation sites.

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