UK firm to design 2022 stadium
Published on The Peninsula Newspaper of Qatar http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/
10 March 2015
Doha: Renowned British architects Foster and Partners was named yesterday as the designer of the stadium that will host the final of the controversial Qatar football World Cup in 2022.
The 80,000 seater stadium will be built in the purpose-built city of Lusail, some 15km north of Doha.
The stadium will be the centrepiece of a huge $45bn construction project which will see an entire new city rise from the desert in time for football’s biggest tournament in seven years’ time.
The decision was announced by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is overseeing preparations for the World Cup.
Hassan Al Thawadi, the committee’s Secretary-General, said: “We look forward to working with them (Foster and Partners) in creating an iconic, contemporary stadium inspired by Qatari culture.
“Lusail Stadium will be the centrepiece of the tournament, an architecturally innovative stadium which maintains sporting functionality and delivers on our sustainability commitments.”
The stadium at Lusail is also expected to host the first game of the tournament as well as the opening ceremony.
Lord Foster, the Chairman of Foster and Partners, said it was an 0“honour to design this centrepiece stadium”. “We are delighted to have won the international competition,” he added.
The architects are an internationally acclaimed firm responsible for such projects as the redevelopment of the Reichstag Building in Berlin, the Hearst Tower in New York and, perhaps most pertinently, the revamp of Wembley Stadium in London.
The company’s selection comes after a long tender process.
Source : AFP