Resembling an enormous head overlaying discarded within the Qatar desert, the just lately accomplished Al Thumama Stadium has been inaugurated prepared for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. The stadium’s eye-catching design is impressed by the gahfiya, a conventional woven headcap worn all through the Center East, and is designed to assist preserve spectators and athletes at a snug temperature.
The Al Thumama Stadium was designed by Qatar-based architect Ibrahim M Jaidah and is situated close to the nation’s capital, Doha. It has a spectator capability of 40,000 and can host eight soccer matches, as much as and together with the quarter-finals of the competitors.
Along with the sporting services, it incorporates a mosque, a boutique lodge, and retail areas. As soon as the event involves a detailed, half the seats will likely be eliminated and will probably be used for different sporting occasions.
In line with the architect, in an analogous strategy to how the gahfiya protects folks’s heads from the Solar, the stadium will preserve gamers and spectators cool, with assist from a posh cooling system that includes water sprays, air-conditioning and followers.
“The gamers want cooler air than the spectators, as they’re operating round,” says Dr. Saud Abdulaziz Abdul Ghani, who has been given the duty of maintaining everybody a snug temperature. “Our problem at every venue was to offer the right expertise and temperature for various areas of the stadium. At Al Thumama, the cool air is nearer to the spectators. Right here, we cool the air underneath the seats and recycle and purify it contained in the venue. Al Thumama additionally advantages from having a very white exterior, because of its design replicating the gahfiya head cap, which displays the Solar and helps to maintain the stadium cool.”
Although there’s nothing significantly “sustainable” about constructing large stadiums within the desert, Al Thumama does have vital inexperienced design that reduces its carbon footprint. Greywater is reused to irrigate the vegetation and timber that cowl many of the instant space and the stadium is partly powered by an enormous photo voltaic panel array put in close by. A separate photo voltaic array powers the constructing’s air-conditioning programs.
Preparation for the FIFA 2022 World Cup has been a large endeavor and has resulted in excellent tasks just like the Diamond within the Desert and Zaha Hadid’s Al Wakrah Stadium. Nevertheless, the venture has not been with out controversy too and there have been widespread stories of employee deaths and poor situations.