THE WORLD’S FIRST CARBON ZERO STADIUM

QATAR SHOWCASE

How can you hold a major sporting event in temperatures of 45°C? The answer is to create a stadium like no other. Sophisticated and sustainable, The Showcase in Qatar revolutionised stadium design and played a defining role in the country’s successful 2022 World Cup bid.

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Pitch Environment Criteria

Pitch Environmental criteria for players © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Spectator Environment Criteria

Environmental criteria for spectators © Arup Associates 

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How can you hold a major sporting event in temperatures of 45°C?

 

QATAR SHOWCASE

GOING BEYOND THE BRIEF

The original brief from the Qatar 2022 team was for a simple pavilion to showcase cooling technology. But it soon became clear that for Qatar to win the 2022 World Cup bid, they’d need to do more than build a model.

Working together to extraordinarily tight timings, our architects and engineers designed and built the world’s first carbon zero stadium, for real.

Not only did this 500-seat mini stadium demonstrate to FIFA that the beautiful game really could be played and watched safely in extreme temperatures; it put sustainability at the centre of Qatar’s bid.

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Early Concept Model

Early concept model © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Early Concept Model

Early concept model © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Early Concept Model

Early concept model © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Early Concept Model

Early concept model © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Development Model

Development model © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Development Model

Development model © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Development Model

Development model © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Development Model

Development model © Arup Associates 

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Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Design Options

Design options © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Proposed Design

Proposed design © Arup Associates 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A clear demonstration that big, radical thinking can be commercially viable”

QATAR SHOWCASE

SUN POWER

Using existing technology in radical new ways, we designed a pioneering system that converts heat from the sun into energy and then into cool air. In a world first, the air is circulated around the stadium to keep players and spectators comfortable. And, because the sun’s energy is used to power the entire stadium, it’s genuinely carbon zero.

On the stadium’s exterior, we also designed each surface so that it stays cool during matches, despite extra heat from electrical lighting and people.

The result of this advanced technology? On the day FIFA visited, when temperatures outside hit 44°C, the inside of the stadium was a cooling 23°C with the roof open.

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Solar Collector Arrays

Solar Collector Arrarys © Gem Advertising & Publications 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Solar Collector Cooling Sketch

Drawing showing how the solar collectors provide cooling © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Underseat Cooling

Drawing showing underseat cooling © Arup Associates 

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"A PIONEERING SYSTEM THAT USES ENTIRELY THE SUNS ENERGY FOR A TRULY CARBON SAVING SOLUTION."

 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Environmental Sketch

Environmental sketch © Arup Associates 

QATAR SHOWCASE

MIDDLE EASTERN BEAUTY

People will travel from all over the world for the 2022 World Cup. So it was important to the Qatar team that the stadium showcased the best of modern, Middle Eastern design.

We based our concept on the Arabic love of geometry. Using spirals, circles and patterns, and taking inspiration from desert textures and forms, we created a stadium which both challenges and embraces geometric concepts.

..INSPIRATION FROM DESERT TEXTURES..

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Roof Image

Roof © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Roof Image

Roof © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Geometry Spiral

Geometry spiral © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Circles & Patterns

Circles and patterns © Arup Associates 

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Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Inspirations From Nature

Natural Inspiration © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Structural Image

Structure exploded © Arup Associates 

 

 

 

 

when temperatures outside hit 44°C,
the inside of the stadium was a
cooling 23°C
with the
roof open

QATAR SHOWCASE

SETTING NEW STANDARDS

Completed on time and on budget, the Qatar Showcase stadium was a clear demonstration that big, radical thinking can be commercially viable.

As well as setting a new sustainable benchmark for stadium design the world over, it played a major part in securing the World Cup for Qatar. And perhaps even more importantly, it helped position Qatar itself as a progressive, forward thinking nation.

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Elevation Visualisation

visualisation of Elevation © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Elevation Visualisation

visualisation © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Completed Building

Completed building © Gem Advertising & Publications 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Elevations

Elevations © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Plan

Plan © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Roof Plan

Roof Plan © Arup Associates 

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Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Thermal Modelling

Thermal modelling © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Partial Elevation & Section

Partial Elevation and Section © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Qatar Showcase 2022 World Cup Acoustic Modelling

Acoustic Modelling © Arup Associates 

QATAR SHOWCASE

Client: Qatar 2022 Bid Committee
Architecture & Engineering: Arup Associates
Completion Date: September 2010

Qatar Showcase in numbers

44°C outside, 23°C inside
8 weeks to design
4.5 months to build

Awards

2011 World Architecture Awards, Shortlisted Sports Category
2011 IStructE Awards, Shortlisted Sport or Leisure Category