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Qatar to construct giant crystal football for 2022

Spinning sparkling orb to dazzle tourists in World Cup build up period

In homage to football the spinning orb will glitter by day and glow by night.
In homage to football the spinning orb will glitter by day and glow by night.

Qatar has announced plans to construct a gigantic rotating crystal ball for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to host a sports museum and shopping center for tourists.

The project concept was conceived by Danijel Koletić of Apriori Communications, who tasked architects Vedran Pedišić (SANGRAD) and Erick Velasco Farerra (AVP-arhitekti) to realize the idea.

In response Pedišić and Farerra have created the oversized crystal ball, designed to spin slowly in a spiral path around a central vertical axis.

By day the exterior takes on an iridescent effect, glittering with light of the sun and filtering daylight into the interior; by night the orb transforms into a glowing installation.

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The project is in the initial planning stages.

 

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