To help counteract the searing 40°C plus heat, Qatar has launched a cooled Fan Zone to enable football fans to watch the Brazil 2014 World Cup in relative comfort. A temperature difference inside the structure of around 13°C is maintained by using of a range of technology including ventilation units, high level jet nozzles to restrict prevailing winds and air-controlled modifiable dampers. Importantly the Fan Zone is being used by engineers as a trial to perfect the cooling technology that will be required when Qatar plans to host the 2022 World Cup. It houses the biggest LED television in Qatar and a variety of interactive football themed attractions.
Base Structures manufactured 22 triangular tensile fabric sails, arranged in 11 pairs that overlap each other to encircle the Fan Zone, lending a dynamic and eye catching facade to the otherwise unassuming building. Manufactured using nearly 150m2 of white PVC fabric per pair of sails, the natural translucency of the material is exploited with banks of lighting used to bathe the sails from behind with a wash of cool blue colour and projected patterns. A ‘cool’ project in every sense of the word.