MIPIM/The Architectural Review Future Project Awards, Sports & Stadiums, 2018
Situated four miles south of Qatar’s capital city of Doha, the Al Thumama Stadium design is inspired by the ‘gahfiya,’ the traditional knitted skull cap worn throughout the region. The 40,000-seat stadium features a circular opening in the roof to let daylight in and a high-tech cooling system that will keep occupants comfortable at 65 degrees Fahrenheit in an area where average summer temperatures can soar above 100 degrees.
- The design-build project provided the opportunity for our structural, construction support and façade experts to work together along with our CORE studio who assisted at different stages of the work.
- Among other tasks, CORE formulated workflows to automate clash detection from Navisworks and Revit using Dynamo. The tool helped automate the creation of wall openings by processing data collected from the clash detection, saving time and helping the team meet critical milestones.
- CORE studio was further tasked with automating the modeling of all precast concrete seating elements within the bowl using custom workflows in Grasshopper and Dynamo.
- After the World Cup, the stadium will be converted to ‘legacy’ mode as an approximately 20,000-seat stadium with a hotel inside the stadium. This will be accomplished via removal of the upper seating bowl and construction of the hotel on one sideline of the upper concourse.
This spirit of common, regional heritage is what inspired the thoughtful design of the stadium, as it symbolizes the significance of the FIFA World Cup™ taking place in the Arab World for the first time.