A simple idea is turned into an iconic building in Doha Sports City of Qatar. Architect Ibrahim M Jaidah was entrusted with the work to design a 2022-year shaped building in Doha, Qatar, marking the FIFA World Cup Year in the country. In 2022, Doha Sports City will host games during this year’s World Cup, and the building designed by the developer is said to be the first building in the world that resembles a year. Read more about this interesting project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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An Oman-based subsidiary of Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB Qatar), Ibrahim Jaidah Architects and Engineers (IJAE) has designed a year-based building in the sports city of Qatar. Developer Nasser bin Hamad Al Thani by Jaidah who is the chief architect of Arab Engineering Bureau has commissioned the design work to the firm.
"The project is unique because it started with a simple idea," said Jaidah. "Sheikh Nasser said to me: 'Ibrahim, I have a challenging idea for you', and showed me a 2022 sketch."
"We started with how to transform the project from just an idea to a complete design and how it serves the purpose behind its creation," he said.
The building is constructed using four stone blocks that contain the facade are arranged around windows to show as a number two or zero. A two-story platform connects these number-adorned blocks.
The ground floor of the podium comprises a cafe, supermarket, and restaurants, while the first floor accommodates a sports center and health clubs. The rest of the floors contain offices for several sporting bodies.
Jaidah wanted that the number 2022 should not only to be visible in the front facade but should be seen in aerial shots as well, hence he created combining mesh-covered areas and paving on the roofs of the four stone blocks.
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"On the day I started working on the architectural design I noticed that many photos of stadiums are taken from above, so I wanted to design even the roof in the shape of 2022, '' said the architect.
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The architect believes that the building will be a monument to celebrate the year Qatar hosted the World Cup. "We had a design option inspired by the World Cup trophy," he explained. "But, the trophy does not belong to Qatar – the year 2022 belongs to us."
Last year, the firm has designed a unique circular shape stadium for Qatar FIFA 2022 World Cup, which is set to take place this November and December and will be hosted in eight stadiums across the country.
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