Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Lekhwiya Sports Complex in Doha, Qatar by Perkins Eastman
May 1st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Perkins Eastman
The Lekhwiya Sports Complex will be the home stadium for the winning team of the Royal Cup, the Lekhwiya Club. The complex will also be used as a training site and home base for a guest team participating in the 2022 World Cup.
Designed in collaboration with ECG, Pieper Sports Facility Consulting, and Site Concepts International, the Lekhwiya Sports Complex will serve as an identifiable icon for the home club, while its mix of uses will provide for a variety of experiences for players, fans, and sponsors alike. Inspiration for the design drew from longstanding aspects of Doha’s and Qatar’s culture and their dominating features. For instance, Doha’s location on the water, its history as a port city, and its boating and sailing culture inspired the design of the stadium’s very form. At the same time, the history of pearl harvesting in the Arabian Gulf is referenced in the smooth white oval and dome shapes.
As part of a larger athletic development underway for the 2022 World Cup taking place in Doha, Qatar, the first phase of the Lekhwiya Sports Complex will include a 5,574 sm (60,000 sf) 10,000-spectator football stadium, practice facilities, and training fields to be complete by August 2012. The second phase will include a 12,004 sm (129,210 sf) 75-key hotel, mosque, multi-sport arena, and related amenities.
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Category: Sports Complex