Qatar has unveiled plans to built a 40,000-seat modular arena for the 2020 FIFA World Cup. Designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects, the massive circular structure will include seats, bathrooms, concession stands, and shops all housed in—what else?— shipping containers that fit within a steel frame.
The modular design means that the entire area can be quickly disassembled and reassembled at a new site after the event—either in full or in new configurations.It’s also a greener, more efficient construction process than conventional stadiums.
The components will be shipped to a nearby port in and assembled on site at the Doha waterfront over a three-year period. But the modular building will need few additional materials and generate relatively little waste while it is built. Its creators believe it could earn a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification.
“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,” said H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for the World Cup,
“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.”