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First Ever Shipping Container Stadium to Be Built in Qatar

An architectural masterpiece and a beacon of both sustainability and innovative design, Qatar’s third World Cup stadium is set to become the world’s first ever shipping container stadium to be built in Qatar (located in Ras Abu Aboud).

This $200 billion-dollar project will highlight the vision of the architects – the stadium was designed by international design studio, Fenwick Iribarren Architects – but more importantly, it will set a profound precedent in large-scale modular design, with shipping containers being a vital component.

Designed to Be Repurposed

The world cup stadium will be a 40,000-seat arena, made primarily from conex boxes. What makes premier shipping container stadium so incredible is, it is designed so that the entire structure can be disassembled and reconstructed in a new location. It could also be later repurposed into a number of smaller sports stadiums and cultural venues. This is the true beauty of shipping container architecture. Made from timeless, unbreakable steel, the containers can stand up to just about anything. And, acting as giant Lego blocks, they can be reconfigured in endless ways, making them more flexible, versatile, and long-lasting than any other building material architects have ever had in the past to work with.

Being built for the 2022 World Cup, which is to take place in Qatar, this allows the country to develop a top-notch sport stadium for soccer fans, without sacrificing money or resources because the components can easily be reused once the tournament is over.

How the Shipping Container Stadium Design Will Work

The stadium, named Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, will be constructed on the waterfront in Doha. It will comprise of the shipping containers, which will each be transformed into a particular purpose. Some will contain removable seats. Others will serve as bathrooms, merchandise booths and concession stands. The shipping containers will be assembled on site once they reach Doha by tanker.

Part of the inspiration for the shipping container stadium came from necessity. Qatar is currently facing an embargo from the UAE, which has made it challenging to bring conventional building materials like concrete and steel into the country.

This shipping container stadium elegantly solves a number of design and building challenges, whilst giving Qatar the chance to shine out globally as a forward-thinking culture. It will also make the 2022 World Cup that much more fantastic to attend. Soccer fans will have the chance to experience a totally unique and innovative piece of architecture, riding in shipping container elevators, enjoying the view from the game in their container seats, and making purchases from urban-chic shipping container booths.