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Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium

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TYPE: Stadium
SEATS: 25,000
CLIENT: Crown Prince Court, Abu Dhabi, then: BAM International
APPOINTMENT: April 2011
COMPLETION: May 2014

Football Stadium

Al Ain, UAE
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Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium

Hazza Bin Zayed (HBZ) Stadium is Pattern’s first completed built project. We worked on this from Feasibility to Completion. A stadium for a hot dry climate has very different drivers to that in a temperate climate. This proposal maximises shade and allows air modulation to reduce the environmental footprint and the unique roof generates a fully shaded pitch. Use of glass is minimised and comfortable bowl conditions are achieved through louvres – air conditioning is kept to a minimum. The stadium achieved a 2 Pearl Estidama Rating, which is the UAE’s sustainability system similar to LEED or BREEAM.

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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 uses and reduce the visual and environmental impact of cars.

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