CIMC building modular stadium for World Cup 2022

July 7, 2018

The China-based CIMC is building the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Qatar for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. It will consist of 990 modular containers and seven storeys, and the whole project will be completed in June of 2020.

It will be a large stadium built of modular containers for the first time in the world, and it will also be the first 'green stadium' that is detachable, mobile and recyclable in the history of the Fifa World Cup.

'Strictly speaking, we are not 'building' but 'creating' this stadium,' said project manager Wang Fei.

Each one of the 990 modular containers is about 6×2.5×2.5m (L×W×H). After being designed and decorated with different colours and patterns at the time of on-site assembly, the sample container is furnished with a well-outfitted bathroom, tangerine inner wall, black partition and champagne gold hall, which looks like a modern star hotel.

After the site is selected, the framework of the entire stadium is constructed with a steel structure, Wang explained. Then, containers are put in place like Lego building blocks, and finally painting and decoration are carried out. That is how a modern stadium comes into being, he added.

'The prefabricated modular structure makes it possible to use less material and gives rise to less waste and emissions, and three years may be saved for the whole construction. This is not the biggest benefit,' continued Wang Fei.'It is always a headache in regard to putting a stadium into further use after an international event, especially for a comparatively small area.'

This stadium is a detachable modular building, so it can be reused for other competitions in other places and be pieced together into several small venues. The modules can even be completely converted into economically affordable housing or refugee housing. Moreover, the site where the original stadium stands can be quickly turned into a green park.