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Following on from last week’s announcment of the main contractor for the Al Rayyan Stadium – a proposed host venue for matches through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ – further project details have been confirmed.

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The Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de Venezuela will sit on a hillside in Caracas providing views of the city to the north-east.

Rogers Stirk & Partners secured the stadium project after being commissioned to design a new bus station for the city.

Phase one of the project involves creating a masterplan for an area known as La Rinconada. This includes establishing a transport interchange linking the new bus station with an existing metro and train station. It also establishes a new park protecting the surrounding hillsides from further development.

The stadium will be built in the park alongside existing sports facilities, including a listed racecourse designed by Arthur Froehlich in 1959.

The Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de Venezuela, designed with engineers Arup and schlaich bergermann und partner, features a lightweight, brightly coloured bicycle wheel canopy roof intended to “capture the joy and vitality of the city and its people”.

Rogers Stirk Harbour’s Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de Venezuela in Caracas.

Rogers Stirk Harbour’s Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de Venezuela in Caracas.

Simon Smithson, lead partner for the project at Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, said:

The hillside site created an unusual challenge and the design reflects this, with terraces cut into the landscape giving way to a series of floating esplanades that provide access to the various levels of stadium.