An innovation in the world of modular construction with the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium to be built as a modular arena for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

How many shipping containers does it take to build a stadium? Spanish architecture firm Fanwick Iribarren Architects are about to find out, with the concept being confirmed and the construction underway.

Shipping containers are being used as a key building block in modern architecture, with the appeal and need for modular buildings on the rise. There have been numerous fascinating concepts over the last few years based around the use of containers to produce a modular construction that makes for quite the unique look. These include a homes, swimming pools, hot tubs and even a transportable farm. But what is it that these structures offer that the average build doesn’t?

Well, with the use of these containers, the construction process becomes more like a puzzle than anything else. The pieces are designed to fit together in place without the need for any permanent fixtures. This of course enables the pieces to be disassembled, removed and rebuilt at the next location. This, in terms of stadia, is of course a huge innovation and a foundation for the future of constructing both sporting and non-sporting arenas.

‘Why is this so important?’ you may ask. Well, to begin with, the modular aspect of the stadium enables it to be rebuilt as not only the same full-sized stadium it once was, but also as several smaller arenas for all manner of alternative purposes. This in turn means that there’s no worries as to what the stadium will be used for after the World Cup has finished. Additionally, this type of build utilizes recycled materials meaning less waste and a lessened carbon footprint.

From an environmental point of view, it is a lot easier to justify this modular build than a permanent one. But can we expect the same standards?

The Ras Abu Aboud is said to be capable of all functions typically required in every state-of-the-art FIFA stadium. The concourse areas are to be created using a modular slab system, using identical; stackable; light-weight; orthotropic steel plates with anti-slip coating. The stands are made from 8mm folded steel plates to which conventional stadium seats can be fitted. There are only a few different modules, all will be stackable. The roof section consists of modular truss segments and will be cover all seated areas.

So it would seem that this stadium barely differs from a regular build in terms of what to expect from the finished product. It will be capable of seating 40,000 fans, with concession stands, seating and bathrooms all removable once the deconstruction begins.

If you’d like to see it in person, the stadium will be located on the waterfront of downtown West Bay area with views of Corniche, Doha’s landmark 7 kilometre-long promenade development. However the build is not scheduled for completion until 2020.