Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled its first concept design for a Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium.

The stadium is to be located in Al Wakrah, a heritage port city just south of Doha, and will be designed to seat 40,000 spectators.

Under the guidance of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, ZHA in association with AECOM developed the design to reflect the fishing culture of Al Wakrah. The stadium was aesthetically inspired by a dhow, a traditional Arabic sailing vessel.

Architecturally, the stadium echoes Zaha Hadid’s signature fluid designs with an exterior that wraps around the field to protect the players and spectators from Qatar’s summer temperatures.

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee is in discussions with FIFA, however, to move the games to winter due to Qatar’s temperatures being able to reach a scorching 50 degrees.

“Whatever the decision, we’ll adapt,” Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary general of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. told Le Parisien. “Qatar is willing to organise the World Cup in either the winter or the summer. Our stadiums are designed to host games all year round.”

Design inspired by an Arabic dhow

Design inspired by an Arabic dhow

Al-Thawadi could be referring to the mechanical air-conditioning set for each stadium, including ZHA’s concept which will be used along with passive design to ensure temperatures inside the venue do not exceed 28 degrees at spectator level and 24 degrees at pitch level.

The project is also sustainably focused with the climate-control requirements designed to produce renewable energy while the stadium utilises eco engineered timber for the roof as an alternative to concrete and steel in a bid to lower the carbon levels of the stadium.

Climate Control for players and spectators

Climate Control for players and spectators

“The stadium reflects what our country stands for from a cultural perspective,” Al-Thawadi said in a statement. “It is modern, futuristic and functional But importantly, it remains true to Qatari heritage with the design and materials inspired by the traditional dhow boat.”

Hadid said the stadium design will “embrace the culture heritage of Al Wakrah and the adjacent historical settlement of Al Wukair.”

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

Modular construction was used in the top tiers of the stadium, allowing for the stadium’s capacity to be reduced to 20,000 following the World Cup tournament.

Al-Thawadi confirmed the removed seats would be relocated to developing countries and Al Wakrah’s own Sports Club would be able to call the stadium home.

Hassan Al Thawadi

Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary general of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee

While a price for the development of the Al Wakrah stadium is yet to be announced, tenders for contractors will be issued in early 2014 with construction to begin later in the year.

Hadid is also currently working on redesigning a stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with her initial design deemed too big for the city.