Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain shortlisted for World Building of the Year

The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain has been shortlisted for the World Building of the Year award by the World Architecture Festival.

The stadium, which was formally opened in May last year with a friendly match between home side Al Ain FC and Manchester City FC, has been nominated in the sport category for completed buildings.

It is a 25,000-seat stadium created by London-based Pattern Architects. It was specifically designed for its desert climate, with an outer skin using parametric design techniques to create thousands of individual pieces resembling a palm bole that helps to naturally cool the stadium. It has already won an award at the World Stadium Congress awards in Qatar last month.

Maged Fares, who was project director for the contractor that built the stadium, BAM International, said the design represents “a new sustainability model” for stadiums around the world.

“The collaboration of teams was inspirational and the project team relationships were key to breaking down barriers to make it happen”.

Other Gulf projects to be shortlisted included Qatar Foundation’s Faculty of Islamic Studies, which has been shortlisted in both the religion and culture categories for completed buildings.

In the categories for designs for future projects, the Atkins-designed Suites in the Skai hotel and serviced apartments project in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle has been shortlisted alongside the new Qatar Courthouse by AGI Architects and the Al Maha Centre for Children and Young Adults in Doha by HDR.

In the experimental category, a concept exploring structural construction against gravity, Gravity-Less, by the American University of Sharjah has also been nominated.

Winners will be announced at the World Architecture Festival, which takes place in Singapore on November 4 to 6.


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