Basrah Sports City 51
Main stadium: 65,000 seats
Basrah Sports City is the largest sports
The design of the marquee venue reﬂects
By integrating graceful yet strong forms
facility in Iraq and features one of the
local architectural inﬂ uences, recalling a
and surfaces, the architecture expresses
country’s largest stadiums.
proud past while serving as a bridge to a
the speed, power and perpetual movement
modern era. Inspiration for the main stadium
Secondary stadium: 10,000 seats Completion: 2013
The complex includes a 65,000-seat soccer
design came from Basrah’s timeless and
stadium surrounded by a manmade lake in the
essential icons, from the date palm tree to
The main contractor was Iraqi company
shape of Iraq. The site also features
traditional woven goods. Paying homage to
Abdullah Al-Jiburi. HOK teamed with this
a 10,000-seat secondary stadium, four
the patterned facades of traditional Iraqi
contractor and associate architect/engineer
training soccer ﬁelds, team housing facilities,
homes, the textured skin also provides a
RMC-Partners to deliver the project under a
a VIP guesthouse and associated
functional response to the local climate.
design-build contract. Use of 3D modeling,
helped the multinational team work efﬁciently
The selection of Iraq to host the 2013 Gulf
cladding encases the stadium, forming
while overcoming geographic and language
Cup of Nations, a biennial soccer tournament
large panels that interweave with steel
barriers. Additional engineering and design
for Arab countries, drove the development
columns. The external wrap and roof sheets
consultants included Thornton Tomasetti,
of the project, which is located outside the
are supported by a massive steel structure
WSP Group, Langan Engineering, Lloyd
southern port city of Basrah. Iraq’s Ministry of
weighing 19,000 tons.
Engineering, WJHW and Cini-Little.
Youth and Sport wanted this project to spur growth and development in the area while introducing Iraqi athletes to the world stage.
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animation and web meeting technologies More than 480,000 square feet of synthetic
2015 design annual
2.77 million sq. ft. / 257,340 sq. m.
Published on Oct 1, 2015
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