[imagesource: Fenwick Iribarren Architects]
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is getting closer and closer.
Unlike previous World Cups, this one will not take place in June and July. Due to Qatar’s extreme heat, the tournament will start on November 21 and run until December 18.
The country has built a number of new stadiums especially for the tournament (not without controversy), but stage 974 stands out from the rest for a unique reason.
here is Dezeen:
Formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud, the 40,000-seat sports complex near the port of Doha is the first stadium designed to be fully demountable in the history of the FIFA World Cup.
Stadium 974 was designed by Spanish studio Fenwick Iribarren Architects with structural engineers Schlaich Bergermann Partner and design office Hilson Moran.
Its modular structure combines recycled shipping containers and a steel structure, parts of which are recycled.
The goal is for the stadium to be dismantled and reassembled in a new location after the 2022 football tournament, or transformed into a series of smaller venues.
The name is derived from the fact that 974 sea containers were used in construction, and +974 is also the international dialing code for Qatar.
Using shipping containers has reduced construction costs, as well as construction time and waste associated with the process.
According to the stadium manager at Stadium 974, the original design idea was inspired by a Lego set and the logistics to reuse the containers after the tournament was over.
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The design of the Stadium 974 also has other advantages:
… Water efficiency methods guarantee that it will reduce water consumption by 40 percent compared to a conventional stage development…
The shape of the stadium and the spaces between the seats facilitate natural ventilation, which means that artificial cooling is not necessary. This is facilitated by the stadium’s proximity to the sea.
When fans arrive in Qatar, Stadium 974 will be the first stadium they see as it is located close to Hamad International Airport.
On November 30, it hosts its first game and it will host a total of seven games during the tournament.
It seems unlikely that Bafana Bafana will qualify, as we await the outcome of our appeal to FIFA regarding the refereeing of our 1-0 loss to Ghana.
We are seeking a replay of the game, with FIFA due to announce its decision this week.