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#TBT The new Al Janoub Stadium hosted a fantastic Amir Cup final last week with Al Duhail beating Al Sadd by 4-1. Located in the city of Al Wakrah which is 23km south of Doha and connected to the capital via the Red Line of new Doha Metro, Al Janoub is the first new stadium completed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. . The new 40,000-seat football stadium can be reduced to a 20,000-seat venue in its legacy mode - optimum capacity as home ground to Al Wakrah Sport Club pro-football team. The stadium has an operable fabric roof and cooling technologies powered by solar harvesting. When deployed, the roof operates like a sail to shade the field of play. Passive design principles along with computer modelling and wind tunnel tests were used to maximise the effectiveness of the enclosure for player and spectator comfort. The design reflects Al Wakrah’s maritime heritage, in particular, the dhow – a traditional boat of the region; incorporating these cultural references in an abstracted manner and combines them with practical responses to the climate, context & functional requirements. The abstraction transforms the literal into something new and appropriate for a stadium; allowing multiple interpretations - both in terms of how they are applied and how they are read. The stadium’s roof design is an abstraction of the hulls of dhows turned upside-down and huddled together to provide shade and shelter. This concept is expressed in the stadium’s envelope geometry, details and selected materiality. The opaque roof and wall areas have pleated cross sections. With origins in Arabic motifs and calligraphy, these fluid lines and pleats add texture to the outer shell and emphasise the stadium’s unique geometry. Designed in conjunction with its new precinct to sit at the heart of an urban extension of the city, creating community-based activities in and around the stadium on non-event days, Al Janoub stadium will be a memorable venue of the 2022 World Cup and afterwards at the centre of its Al Wakrah community.

Brilliant photography via @fina1908 and @tomjenkinspix @guardiansport of the FINA/CNSG #Diving World Series 2019 at #LondonAquaticsCentre. #FDWS2019

Inaugurated on 16 May by hosting the 2019 Amir Cup Final, Al Janoub Stadium was the first new venue commissioned in 2013 for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The stadium is located in the city of Al Wakrah which is 23km south of Doha and connected to the capital via the Red Line of new Doha Metro. The client’s brief called for a 40,000-seat football stadium for the 2022 World Cup which could be reduced to a 20,000-seat capacity in its legacy mode - optimum capacity as home ground to Al Wakrah Sport Club pro-football team. The stadium has an operable fabric roof and cooling technologies. When deployed, the roof operates like a sail to shade the field of play. Passive design principles along with computer modelling and wind tunnel tests were used to maximise the effectiveness of the enclosure for player and spectator comfort. The client asked the design reflect Al Wakrah’s maritime heritage, in particular, the dhow – a traditional boat of the region. #ZahaHadid Architects responded with a design that incorporates these cultural references in an abstracted manner and combines them with practical responses to the climate, context & functional requirements. The abstraction transforms the literal into something new and appropriate for a stadium; allowing multiple interpretations of these cultural references - both in terms of how they are applied and how they are read. The stadium’s roof design is an abstraction of the hulls of dhows turned upside-down and huddled together to provide shade and shelter. This concept is expressed in the stadium’s envelope geometry, details and selected materiality. The opaque roof and wall areas have pleated cross sections. With origins in Arabic motifs and calligraphy, these fluid lines and pleats add texture to the outer shell and emphasise the stadium’s unique geometry. Designed in conjunction with its new precinct to sit at the heart of an urban extension of the city, creating community-based activities in and around the stadium on non-event days, Al Janoub stadium will be a memorable venue of the 2022 World Cup and afterwards at the centre of its Al Wakrah community. Photos @HuftonAndCrow

#SundayStaircase: Guangzhou Opera House. Fantastic photo by @virgilebertrand_hk_photo. . “Sometimes, just sometimes, architecture makes you want to burst out into song. The new Guangzhou Opera House is one of the most remarkable buildings not just in China, but the whole world. A truly radical design that shapes and defines a new stretch of the city and boasts inspiring and unexpected public spaces... a virtuoso performance. The structural ebb and flow of this charismatic opera house are the end result of a long artistic adventure. A marriage of brilliant avant-garde architecture and true populism.” via @Guardian. Since opening in 2011, Guangzhou Opera House has welcomed more than 3 million visitors to its performances. . . @GuangzhouOperaHouse #Guangzhou #China #Opera #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects

#FridayFeeling: Beautiful image of the Liquid Glacial coffee table - #reposted from @walkerwarnerarchitects . Nominated by London’s @DesignMuseum as a ‘Design of the Year’, the Liquid Glacial table by @ZahaHadidDesign for #DavidGillGallery incorporates gentle waves and ripples milled within the transparent acrylic beneath the flat surface of its table-top, creating depth and complexity through infinite refractions; while its legs ‘pour’ from the horizontal in a structural vortex. . #zahahadid #zahahadiddesign

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum @MSUBroad named best-designed building in #Michigan by @ArchDigest in their list of architecture that most contributes to the ever-changing tapestry that is American culture. Article by @iamnickmafi. . Dedicated to exploring contemporary culture and ideas through art, @MSUBroad is designed as a crossroads; instigating a dialogue with the university, the city of #EastLansing and beyond. An important resource and forum, the museum’s design prioritizes engagement and interaction; a cultural hub connecting the many aspects of its local community with each other and the widest diversity of thinking from around the world. . Photo @HuftonAndCrow . @MichiganStateU #USA #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects