The designs for the latest World Cup stadium in Qatar are coming to life, one container at a time.
The Ras Abu Aboud stadium in Doha will be the first fully reusable FIFA stadium for the 2022 event.
All of its components are recyclable and the container-sized building blocks are arriving to port filled with the materials used to make the stadium.
The containers themselves will be used to make everything from the stadium’s bathrooms, offices and hospitality boxes.
Sustainability is the main focus for its builders.
“From the very early stages in the design, we have considered how every single component of the stadium can be reused, whether it’s the container or the steel structure that will hold the containers and the roof as well,” according to project manager Mohammed Al Mulla.
The project is expected to be finished by the end of next year. It is one of seven stadiums being built just for 2022.
More than 90 containers of the 1,000 to be used in total have already arrived from China.
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Part of Qatar’s bid for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup involved a plan to help another country develop its sporting facilities.
After the event, the stadium will be disassembled and the containers will be used to build another stadium elsewhere. The 40,000-seat stadium can be moved and split into two, or made into an arena.
“It could be a good opportunity for those countries to reutilise the whole facility that we are going to build here,” Al Mulla told Al Jazeera.
Qatar has already delivered one of its World Cup venues this year, the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.
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Those behind the Ras Abu Aboud project say it will cost between 15 and 20 percent less than traditional stadiums.