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In the Qatar World Cup, experience the charm of the modular container stadium

The highly anticipated 2022 World Cup, the first ever to be held in the Middle East and the first to be held in the northern hemisphere winter, is underway, qatar has already spent $229 billion on this, so check out the distinctive modular construction of shipping containers at what has been called the most expensive World Cup ever!


There are eight stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, each with a different design language.


Located in the Ras Abu Abadi District of Doha, Qatar, the 974 stadium, also known as the Ras Abu Abadi Stadium, was designed and built with the goal of low-carbon and recyclable use. It was built from 974 containers, 974, also Qatar's international area code, is the first fully removable football stadium in World Cup history


Designed by Spanish designers, the stadium is made up of modular steel structures and containers of various colors. The highlight of this design is the freedom to disassemble and assemble, so as to achieve the recycling of the site and building materials.


Modular steel structure and the combination between the container is very clever, one by one by the steel structure series combination, a magnificent stadium rises from the ground. According to the 2022 Qatar World Cup (SC) Supreme Council, Stadium 974 was built and designed to be five-star certified by the Global Sustainability Assessment System -GSASGSAS)


Timeline review


November 26,2017

Fenwick Iribarren Architects unveiled the design of Stadium 974 for the first time, showcasing to the world the most innovative new FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar 2022-built using shipping containers. 974 is the exact number of containers used in the building and is Qatar's international telephone number-hence the name of the venue.


His Excellency Hassan Ağrı Tawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Council for delivery and heritage, said the groundbreaking project to build “Fully detachable” stadiums would become a benchmark for stadiums around the world, and form another lasting legacy of the tournament.


May 28,2018

The Qatari company HBK Contractors was announced as the main contractor for Stadium 974.


July 2019

The excavation of the 974 stadium was completed. It was also the time when the first containers arrived on site for installation.


May 10,2020

Most of the remaining containers were transported to the stadium site -- 923 out of a total of 974 containers. The manufacture of structural steel was completed by 94% and the development of steel structures by 33% .



September 2021


The Lists of presidents of FIFA Gianni Infantino visited the 974 stadium. He was able to see the 2021 course laid in April and other finishing touches -- two months before the stadium figures were released.



Innovative and sustainable design


Located on the coast of the Gulf, facing Doha's dazzling West Bay skyline, the 974 stadium is the spectacular venue for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. Backed by the sea, the 974 is also the only of the eight stadiums that do not require air conditioning and refrigeration.


As fans head to the 974 stadium and admire the stunning views of the Doha skyscraper across the bay, they will marvel at this distinctive football stadium-a modern arena with a distinctive, bold palette, built with certified containers and modular steel components, it echoes nearby ports and Doha's long maritime history.


The concept of sustainability is at the heart of 974 stadium. Its Binhai location provides natural sea breezes to lighten the stadium's cooling system.



Most of the major facilities, including spectator seats and toilets, will be in the container. This method reduces waste generated during the production of the stadium assembly as well as waste generated on site during construction. The use of modular elements also shortens construction time.




The truly innovative design is that the stadium is fully detachable-the first of its kind at the FIFA World Cup and a sign of Qatar's commitment to sustainability.



Show new possibilities


In its short life, Stadium 974 has set a new benchmark, guiding the path to sustainable sports.




It shows the visual appeal and cost-effectiveness of stadiums for those planning the development of future stadiums, as well as for countries bidding to host future FIFA World Cups and other sporting events.


The temporary nature and clever Modular design of the venues mean that fewer building materials are required than traditional stadium buildings, which helps to reduce construction costs.


After the World Cup, each part of the stadium can be disassembled and reassembled elsewhere, or converted into several smaller venues.


A park green area may be built near the stadium, and retail facilities will be provided nearby. The project will begin shortly after the final whistle blows for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.




Minimizing construction costs and ensuring future normal use are key factors in the sustainable development of the 974 stadium and major sporting events.



The stadium design and construction concept will also provide experience for other large-scale events.


The World Cup also set the container on fire and prefabricated building it once again.




In order to solve the problem of fans' accommodation, the organizers specially procured 12,000 containerized houses from 6 Chinese manufacturers.


The Container Hotel, which costs $200 a night and has a supermarket, restaurant and other facilities, is located in the“Fan village”.



Walking into a fan container hotel is like walking into a business suite with an area of about 16 square meters.






The bathroom, water heater, Fan, and lighting equipment were all available in the room. Not only was it equipped with a large bed, bedside table, wardrobe, small dining table, and tea cabinet, but the door lock was also equipped with an inductive card, the bathrooms are also carefully designed to separate the wet from the dry, which is about the same level as standard rooms in budget hotels.




Next to the container is an open-air viewing area.



And familiar exercise equipment.


The containerized house really improves the accommodation experience for ordinary tourists.




How to ensure the container housing in a certain living experience conditions, but also to ensure the safety of performance and convenient assembly of it?


Faced with the high demand of customers for delivery standards, manufacturers carry out“Customized” production according to customer needs, using better fire-resistant materials, and further optimizing the heat insulation core material, and specially enhanced the wall board insulation layer density and the plywood thickness.


At the same time, in order to make the installation easier and faster, the client wanted to integrate wallboards, doors, windows, and so on, and even the indoor wiring had to be pre-buried, which meant that, at the factory, 80% of the product is assembled ahead of time.


To do this, Chinese manufacturers record online instructional videos in advance, so that local workers can assemble them as easily as they can from drawings and instructional videos, making them easy to learn, fast and efficient.


Compared with ordinary buildings, container construction can reduce 70% of industrial waste, in line with the concept of environmental protection, and has the advantages of easy dismantling, stable and strong, impact resistance is good.


After the World Cup, the containers will be donated to Kenya and other places, free aid to those who have no permanent residence. This re-use also highlights the concept of environmental protection and energy conservation at the World Cup in Qatar. These containers, with their fans' boundless passion and memories, will also carry their blessings and give a warm home to those who need it more.


Due to the short construction period, rapid installation, small environmental constraints in the production process of components, and in line with the requirements of green building, energy saving and environmental protection, prefabricated building has become an inevitable trend in the future development of the construction industry.