The stadium is designed as a zero-carbon emission building through an intelligent use of renewable energy and passive cooling.
The new “Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium” is not just another sports building.
We think of it as a catalyst for modernization, sensitive to geography, to environment, and to cultural heritage. Architecture here pays attention to the functional aspects of a vast mixed program, but above all it is shape and metaphor that lends personality to this project.
The stadium is designed as a bowl seating 60,000 people and protected by two adjacent buildings inspired by sand dunes, a natural shape to provide shelter against sun and wind. These grand buildings house a program including a hotel, a convention centre and a shopping mall. T
he concourses between the bowl and the dune-buildings profit from a controlled cooling achieved through passive systems. The spatial quality of the public lobbies between the bowl and the dune-buildings crystallizes the interaction between sports activities, shopping or relaxing.