This is the first, built project of Pattern Design, a London-based architectural start-up practice specialising in rule-based design.
The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Al Ain is the new civic landmark of the city and is used by the successful Al Ain football club. The geometry of the roof is developed in order to provide full shade over the playing field and the stands from 5:45 pm reducing the solar energy gains during events to a minimum but allowing natural turf to grow.
Until Pattern’s architects conceived of this project, all Middle-East stadia appeared to mimic a European temperate climate model. Pattern rejected this notion and created an innovative design rooted in the hot dry climate of the region.
The project epitomises their approach to design; patterns, maths, climate and culture. Through a methodology of rule-based parametric design, Pattern Architects have created the first parasol stadium roof.
The parasol roof and palm bole shelter a seating bowl, also a product of its location. Taking the best of classic English football stadia, the unique three-tier bowl is a product of the community it serves. Promoting football for all, the stadium caters to all users: young, old, men, women, families and children. Appropriate segregation respects local customs and the three-tier bowl (a first for a 25,000 seat stadium) has the majesty of much larger stadia whilst responding to the scale of local football crowds.
The striking roof geometry consists of a primary steel structure with a PVC/PES membrane cladding. The exterior palm bole facade consists of a steel diagrid structure with 612 individual adjustable membrane panels to achieve maximum shade but also to allow views from the inside. The membrane panels, in combination with the primary steel structure, is a homage to the palm bole - an emblem of the Oasis of Al Ain.