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These Time-Lapses Capture the Construction of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums

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As the 2018 World Cup approaches, we architects can already look ahead to the next tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar offers the most exciting opportunity in stadium design for decades, with the competition relying on an almost entirely new footballing infrastructure. Several world-renowned designers have submitted proposals, and the following set of newly released time-lapse videos show the progression of each stadium, as we approach four years to the competition’s start. Emphasising the structural shells, the videos highlight a sometimes overlooked facet of stadium design. To materialize the effortless magic of the initial renders - like those produced by Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects - phenomenal levels of engineering and problem solving are required, and in the early stages of construction, this becomes the visual focal point. Read on to see the beauty of these structural marvels, but be warned - you may develop World Cup fever.

Winning Design Revealed for New Complex around Seoul’s Olympic Stadium

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Built before the 1988 Summer Olympics, the Seoul Olympic Stadium in the Korean capital city’s Songpa District remains an active and treasured institution. Designed by Kim Swoo-geun, the stadium represents a significant moment in Korea’s modern history and remains a venue for large concerts and the home of Seoul E-Land FC. While the Olympic Stadium itself will stand visibly intact in its original form, this spring the Korea National Urban Planning Association staged a competition for a new design of the Jamsil Sports Complex, which includes several sporting venues and buildings adjacent to the stadium, as well as almost 160,000 square meters of total area. Following the deadline earlier this month, the jury has announced NOW Architects as the winners of the competition.

Estadio Ankara Arena / Yazgan Design Architecture

© Yunus Özkazanç

Arquitectos: Yazgan Design Architecture
Ubicación: Doğanbey Mh., Cumhuriyet Caddesi, 06200 Ankara/Provincia de Ankara, Turquía
Consultora De Diseño: Ersin Ersoy, Sport Concepts London
Diseño De Interiores: Yazgan Design Architecture
Área: 55000.0m2
Año: 2010
Fotografías: Yunus Ozkazanc

Innovative Qatar Foundation Stadium

The stadium is part of the Health and Wellness Precinct, within Qatar Foundation Education City and is conceived as a proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and one of the principal sports complexes in Qatar. Additionally the Health & Wellness Precinct includes an indoor aquatic centre with two Olympic size pools and a diving pool, a multipurpose sports pavilion housing an indoor athletics track and tennis academy, plus external training fields.

The stadium will have a tournament capacity of 40,000 spectators, which is later reduced in legacy mode to 25,000 thanks to a modular design that facilitates dismantling of the upper seating tier.

Arup is providing a complete service including structural design, building services, façade engineering, civil engineering and infrastructure, together with consulting services for stadium cooling design, sustainability, fire safety, security and ICT as well as audio visual services.

In order to meet the challenges of this project, the team carried out a pioneering R&D program for the stadium cooling system design, which aims to ensure the safety of players and spectator comfort.

“Using an innovative computational fluid dynamics analysis, we were able to design an intelligent stadium cooling system which uses a series of passive measures, including bespoke stadium roof geometry, to protect the stadium bowl from the harsh external conditions and minimise energy use.” – David Castro, Associate Director and Project Manager, Arup

UFO in the forest: Football stadium by OFIS

Football stadium by OFIS

Nowadays, a football stadium is an absolute statement structure. This one has just been completed in the city of Barysaw, Belarus.

The stadium, which looks like a UFO, was created by OFIS. For this design, special attention was paid to preserving as much of the natural landscape as possible, meaning that both the approach to the building and the parking lot are surrounded by forest.

Along with 13,000 seats, the stadium offers an additional 3,000 m² of space for shops, offices, bars and toilets. In terms of its UEFA ranking, it stands among other 4-star facilities.

The stadium’s frame features a textile exterior cover which is characterized by asymmetrical openings providing views to both the inside and outside. In the forest location, these “splotches” call to mind the colouring of a fire salamander.

Diablos Stadium - Mexico City Newest Baseball Stadium

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After 16 championships and more than 70 years of history as the leading baseball team of Mexico, Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico will have a new home stadium, with an impressive 13,000+ covered seats and

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Foster + Partners wins Lusail Stadium job for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

Foster + Partners will design the stadium that will host the opening game and closing ceremony for the controversial 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar. (more…)