Now that is extraordinary! Fenwick Iribarren designed the first ever World Cup stadium that will be built in Qatar but could later be transported to a completely different country and serve again. Maybe in 2026?
Yesterday brought what may have been the biggest milestone in tournament stadium design and construction. What was debated for many years now is actually going to happen in Qatar: a fully modular stadium able to meet the requirements of FIFA World Cup.
In short this means capacity of 40,000 people, floor space of 120,000 m2 and 5 floors of infrastructure built just for a few games and fully demountable afterwards.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
Only steel, shipping containers, installations and furnishings. That's how the first ever demountable stadium will be built. http://stadiumdb.com/news/2017/11/new_design_first_ever_fully_demountable_stadium video courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery & LegacyOpublikowany przez StadiumDB.com na 27 listopada 2017
The new Ras Abu Aboud Stadium by Fenwick Iribarren consciously uses shipping containers for their flexibility and rough industrial aesthetics. They will house the toilets, catering, corporate amenities, as well as the staircases!
Aside from that, the building will be erected with thousands of tons of steel, with all modules able to be dismantled and rebuilt in a completely new site.
Not without importance, the stadium will be built on the Ras Abu Aboud seafront, which means it could literally be transported with freightships to a different country and rebuilt there.
As of now there is of course no information on whether anyone has already called for such modular stadium to be transferred to them after the 2022 World Cup. But even if there is no such case, the building can be divided into smaller pieces and reused for natatoriums, indoor halls, warehouses, smaller stadia or community and storage buildings in Qatar and beyond.
Once the stadium completely dismantled from the seafront site, the entire area will be transformed into a large park of 45 hectares, connected very well with the rest of Qatar thanks to a dedicated train station, proximity of the international airport and other means of transport.
Only an artificial lake shaped after the field of play will remind everyone that the World Cup was played here.