An extraordinary stadium for an adventurous city

Project: Al Janoub Stadium - Al Wakrah, Qatar

Engineering Office: AECOM

Architect: Zaha Hadid, AECOM

Pictures: Zaha Hadid, AECOM

Nemetschek brand involved: SCIA

Al Janoub is the first stadium to be built from scratch for the 2022 World Cup. It seats 40,000 spectators in tournament mode and will be used up the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup, after which it will be converted to 20,000 seats to be used by the Al Wakrah Sports Club.

The design is inspired by the rich heritage of Qatar and the Al Wakrah region. The roof is made of two symmetrical parts, each side composed of three shells, inspired by the hulls of dhows turned upside down to create cover and shelter. Inside, the boat reference is carried through an expressed ceiling structure from engineered timber that strongly resembles a skeleton of a traditional dhow hull.

The upper tiers of the stadium were designed to be removable after the tournament. The roof structure, which comprises 185 m propped arches underwent construction staging design, fire engineering and plate design for the sculpted V columns supporting the primary arches.

Creating a landmark stadium that offers a world class experience was the challenge and rapid prototyping using parametric design with SCIA Engineer and interoperability with Virtual Reality environments allowed us to test different solutions and evaluate options to produce a stadium befitting the Architect’s vision.

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