Qatar stadia design plans enter a 'pivotal time'
Facade conference told that stadia design plans must be smart, green
Qatar is at a "pivotal time" in its preparations for the 2022 World Cup, was the message delivered at the fifth Annual Facade Design and Engineering Middle East Summit at the InterContinental Hotel in Doha.
“We are in a pivotal time now in Qatar as we have nine years left to deliver our construction plans,” said Tangram Architects and Designers Qatar GM Nigel Eckersall, who chaired the summit.
“We must be clever and intelligent to provide sustainable buildings for the next generation and think about the legacy we are going to leave for 2022 and beyond.”
Marcos Gutierrez, GCC Region Director of RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects, discussed the architectural design of football stadia in Spain, including the Valencia CF Stadium.
He emphasised the importance of designing construction plans in the context of a country’s cultural, social and environmental makeup.
“Valencia has 17 neighbourhoods, and we created the facade of the stadium to incorporate each one of them. The symbolism is that you have the whole city of Valencia inside the stadium.”
Gutierrez also talked about construction plans of the Education City Stadium for the 2022 World Cup, which has been designed to harness power and reduce cooling demands in the region’s harsh desert climate.
Its sustainability features will reflect and distort Qatar’s strong light to help keep the arena cool, even during summer months.
Presentations and exhibitions were given by leading international façade experts in the field of lighting design. Tapio Rosenius, director of the Lighting Design Collective, gave a presentation on the role of lighting in sustainable building.