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Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium

Facts

Location Client Size Completion
Al Ain, UAE Crown Prince Court, Abu Dhabi, then: BAM International 25,000 seats 2014

Project details

The scope of the Hazza Bin Zayed (HBZ) Stadium was every stage from feasibility to completion. A stadium for a hot and dry climate has very different drivers to one built within a temperate climate. This proposal maximises shade and allows air modulation to reduce the environmental footprint. Additionally, the unique roof generates a fully shaded pitch. Use of glass is minimised and comfortable bowl conditions are achieved through louvres. All of this means that air conditioning can be kept to a minimum. The stadium achieved a 2 Pearl Estidama Rating, which is the UAE’s sustainability system similar to LEED or BREEAM.

A key area of investigation was the audience segmentation, which is very different from a European or American model. The unique, slope-cut lower-tier addresses this by creating more high-value seats. The stadium is part of a wider development of complementary uses that prioritise pedestrian use and reduces the visual and environmental impact of cars.

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