UK-based practice Foster + Partners has unveiled the design plans for the proposed Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar, one of the countries that has bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The nation plans to use the 86,250-seat venue to host the opening ceremony, group games and final match during the world cup.
Six bridges have been built to enable spectators to enter the stadium which is surrounded by water, while a pedestrian concourse extends to amenity buildings and a hotel.
The saddle-shaped stadium features a concrete seating bowl with VIP and hospitality accommodation and is supported by a ring of arching columns.
The project’s concave profile is similar to a traditional dhow boat and incorporates a system of operable louvres.
The stadium has a near-circular footprint and has incorporated energy-efficient measures, such as the installation of solar canopies for producing power for parking and service areas and other buildings.
Chairman of the Qatar 2022 Bid HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said the stadium would inspire a new generation of regional and international sports venues.