We see a number of beautiful stadiums spring up in a country every four years when the world cup arrives. These stadiums, however, don’t have much use after the FIFA world cup has come and gone as we saw in Brazil. Qatar is doing something to remedy that wastage and has revealed plans to build the world’s first demountable stadium.
The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is designed by Spain’s Fenwick Iribarren Architects. The stadium’s primary building blocks are shipping containers. The location is close to Doha’s port so the containers are easily accessible. Each of the containers serves a purpose other than being the building block. The containers will house things like removable seats, concession stands, and toilets and can be dismantled and moved away once the stadium is no longer required.
The demountable stadium can be packed and shifted to another spot maybe for future world cups or it could be made into small portions for a sports facility. The stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000 and will be completed by 2020. The organizers believe that it can become a model for future stadiums.
“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,” says Secretary General of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi. “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. I’m delighted with this design and confident that Ras Abu Aboud will become a blueprint for future mega-event planners to follow.”
The following video shows how the demountable stadium will be put up and how it will come apart again.