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Shipping containers is what makes Qatar’s Stadium 974 special

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Now, we’ve all heard of the phrase, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and innovators around the world have proved it right, time and again. For some time now, containers have been used to structure schools, theaters, restaurants and even hotels. But raising up the stakes, Qatar’s Stadium 974 has recently been built using containers. Imagine: A Whole Stadium Made Out Of SHIPPING CONTAINERS!

Unveiled back in November 2021, the stadium can hold upto 40,000 people at a time and is naturally ventilated, eliminating the need of the advanced cooling tech. The first FIFA Arab match was organised in the stadium on November 30th, 2021, and as of now, it is FIFA World Cup’s only transportable stadium which can be dismantled and reassembled anywhere in the world. It is named after the number of shipping containers used to build it – 974 – which is also the international dialing code for the country.

The stadium was designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects in Madrid after realising that Qatar won’t be needing it once the World Cup concluded, making it a sustainable choice and definitely a legacy. The stadium’s modular design also reduced the overall construction cost, timeline and material waste. Additionally, efficiency methods ensured it will reduce water use by 40% compared to conventional stadium construction.

The idea is to repurpose the stadium and assemble it in another location or use the containers as smaller venues for events. In the stadium, the containers hold staircases, media stands, restrooms, concessions etc., and once it is dismantled, the same containers can also be used to transport the construction material to the new job site.

Fenwick Iribarren Architects’ design also achieved a five-star certification in the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for its construction and design, according to the Supreme Committee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The GSAS rates green building and infrastructure across the Middle East and North Africa. Six stars is the highest achievable rating.

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