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New Dubai Stadium design revealed by Perkins + Will

Architect Perkins + Will has unveiled its design for the new Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium, which is set to be built in Al Aweer, Dubai.

The 60,000-seat Stadium will form part of a mixed-use development that will also include training facilities, practice pitch and warm-up areas, a 5,000-space car park, museum, multi-purpose sports hall, shops, restaurants and plaza areas.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium was approved earlier this year by United Arab Emirates (UAE) Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Perkins + Will ’s design for the FIFA-compliant Stadium includes an open-tensile roof. It is an elevated structure encased in a diagrid bowl with the playing field elevated 60ft above a shaded entry plaza below. The building is being designed for use throughout the year.

It includes an architectural skin that allows air to flow, while blocking out unwanted sand and sun; courtyard water elements beneath the Stadium that create a natural thermal sink that cools the air; and a landscape design that uses trees and vegetation to block hot wind while shading the surrounding public areas.

The project is currently in the planning and design phase, as a Perkins + Will representative confirmed:

The inspiration for the design stems from the desire to create a stadium like no other that draws from regional precedents while providing a sustainable and visionary destination for Dubai.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium is projected to be the largest stadium in the UAE. The project is part of Dubai’s “Sports Innovation Lab” initiative and a government-backed policy to increase the emirate’s profile as a global sports destination. The reported cost of the project is US$817m.

Perkins + Will is the design lead on the Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium, responsible for all architecture, interior design, urban planning and landscape architecture.

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