Events such as the World Cup and the Olympics are becoming notorious for devastating the environment and leaving economies in ruin. It’s because of this that Qatar is constructing the first-ever fully modular stadium preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 40,000-seat arena, which is being designed by Fenwick Iribarren, Schlaich Bergermann Partner and Hilson Moran, will be made entirely of shipping containers to allow for disassembly and reconstruction.
The news was announced on Sunday by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) — the company responsible for the World Cup’s infrastructure in Qatar. The Las Abu Aboud Stadium is the third venue to be designed for the World Cup and will be located on the waterfront of Doha, the country’s capital.
According to Arch Paper, there are several benefits to using shipping containers to build the venue. To begin with, it is beneficial for the environment as it reduces waste. Secondly, the modular shipping continuer blocks can be easily adjusted in the future, as they will contain removable seats, concession stands, bathrooms, and merchandise booths. All of the pieces are being transported to the location and assembled on-site.
In a statement given to FIFA, SC Secretary-General H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi proclaimed the benefits of modular construction. He said, “This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports and cultural venues. All of this in a stadium that delivers the atmosphere fans expect at a World Cup and which we will build in a more sustainable way than ever before.”
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Because Qatar opted for eco-friendly construction, the Las Abu About Stadium will receive a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification upon completion. Reportedly, the GSAS outlines a set of rigid green design, build and operation guidelines for construction in Gulf countries.
While this latest development is applaudable, Qatar’s involvement with the 2022 World Cup isn’t without controversy. Even FIFA’s own advisory board are concerned about the well-being of workers. And now that Qatar is facing an embargo from the United Arab Emirates, building materials have become harder to secure — meaning corners are more likely to be cut.
Still, construction of the shipping container stadium is on track. The Las Abu Aboud Stadium is expected to be completed in 2020 — a full two years before the World Cup kicks off.
Around the world, stadiums which were once filled to the brim now sit empty. By building the latest stadium out of shipping containers, Qatar is proving that it is possible to set — and exceed — entertainment standards while at the same time advocating for the environment. Hopefully, in the future, other countries will follow suit when investing in new infrastructure.
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Source: Arch Paper
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