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Brief Published: 21 Mar 2012

Arup Designs ‘Cooling Mini-Stadium’ for Qatar 2022 World Cup


London-based architectural engineering group Arup Associates has unveiled Showcase, a 500-person arena for the 2022 FIFA World Cup football tournament in Qatar. It is designed to show how architectural technology can assist with some of the problems for which the destination has been roundly criticised – namely, the extreme mid-summer heat.

The zero-carbon prototype stadium – one of a host of innovative designs that helped Qatar’s bid in clinching the deal in the first place – suggests that the city may actually be able to pull off its ambitious plan.

As one of the smaller designs amid the host of stadiums lined up, Arup’s design was constructed in just four months and comprises a five-a-side football pitch with retractable roof, and walls allowing for both natural ventilation and air conditioning. It is also installed with photovoltaic solar panels for generating electricity, and under-seat cooling systems.

Arup Associates