Qatar Foundation stadium is second stadium design to be unveiled in a week

The organisers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup have unveiled designs for their fourth planned stadium, the 40,000-seat Qatar Foundation Stadium.

The designs by Spanish firm RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects were unveiled today, the fourth anniversary of Qatar 2022’s successful bid to hos the World Cup.

The organisers said the design will “celebrate light by reflecting the intensity of the sun” and “its complex geometrical patterns are designed to pay tribute to traditional Islamic architecture”

The stadium and associated precinct is expected to be completed in 2018 and will also offer health and medical clinics for adults and children, male and female gymnasiums, swimming pool, tennis courts, football pitches, cycling and climbing, according to the organisers.

The stadium will be reduced to 25,000 capacity after the tournament to fit into the legacy needs of Qatar Foundation.

Five stadiums are currently under construction, with one further design to be unveiled this year.

The Qatar Foundation stadium is the second World Cup venue to be unveiled in a week, after tournament organised released visualisations of the planned renovation and extension of Khalifa International Stadium last week.