Lusail Stadium, in Qatar's city of the future, has a fittingly futuristic design. With its original architectural vision designed by Foster + Partners, the sleek, bold shape of this arena will stun fans at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Yet that very shape is based upon bowls and other vessels used across the Middle East for centuries.
Exquisite and practical
As soon as fans catch sight of the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, they will be struck by the sheer scale of the venue with its elegant, muted gold exterior which, with the passing of time, will inspire an image of aged metal handicrafts. Adorned with intricate detail reminiscent of decorative wares from days gone by, the stadium bowl will feature a graceful undulating trim that would make a master artisan proud.
Crowning the elaborate stadium façade will be a roof that represents the leading edge in engineering and construction techniques. Manufactured from materials carefully chosen to provide shade, the roof will still admit just the right amount of sunlight to nourish the first-rate playing surface.
At night, an advanced lighting system will maximise the interaction of the light and openings in the façade, mimicking the welcoming glow of a fanar lantern for approaching fans.
A treat for the eyes and the ears
Once inside the stadium, visitors will be greeted by the spectacular sight of 80,000 passionate football fans. This wall of colour will be accompanied by a wall of sound, with the arena's roof and curved sides forming a cauldron where fans' songs and cheers will reverberate to every ear.