Designed for the Qatar world cup and subsequent potential Olympics, the stadium resort has a life an community of its own and will continue to be a destination after hosting major sporting and entertainment events. The stadium resort could also be sited off the coast of a developing nation whose infrastructure would not normally be expected to support such a project , the boost to the local economy and the influx of a new tourist trade would open up a number of countries as contemporary destinations for international sporting events and activities. In respect of the Kente cloth concept it is proposed that the second site for the project would be off the coast of Accra.
The notion of the stadium as a suburban icon is re invented as an in continuous use resort in constant use as a destination and port of call for ocean liners. The stadium is designed to make use of suitable offshore sites where land based stadia could not be supported. Its secondary use as a port and entertainment centre affords a sustainable proposition and the project itself could be sited in a multitude of sites which would otherwise not be able to economically support such a construct.
The stadium is a self contained mini city, with all the amenities which are necessary for constant inhabitation,including retail and restaurant offers, the visiting yachts and ocean liners regularly replenish it with visitors, the secure location being a welcome respite from European winters
The stadium resort comprises an Olympic sized stadium, with integrated hotels, apartments and event spaces. The construction is based on the weave of Kente cloth a traditional Ghanaian fabric woven of strips of tightly woven cloth , the most frequent pattern being a diamond shape .The strips are then sown together to form a continuous fabric sheet, if sewn together intermittently the fabric when stiffened forms a structure not unlike that of muscle tissue.
The project utilises much of the technology used in the Palms Dubai project, creating an artificial island and tidal marina. Coral frame. The resulting structural frame is redolent of coral , a permeable exoskeletal structure inspired by Brunel’s Taymar bridge.
The main connecting bridge house maglev shuttles, and service road, for visitors and spectators, its form resembles a tube at its centre but is in reality the same ribbon wall that stabilises the stadium and provides the terraced meandering park which on two sides of the stadium take you up to the aerial park. Permanent residents living in the apartments make use of electric cars to navigate the site.
Each tier of the two structural skins which create the bridges and envelope the stadium contains a roadway to the apartment level and meandering park which finally reaches the roof level of the stadium, the heavily shaded garden areas adjacent to the apartments provide the light to this inner world . At the roof level of the aerial park the landscape is divided by an elliptical photovoltaic sun farm and a continuous roof-light which illuminates the curving cathedral space below which lies between the stadium and its encircling apartments, hotels and retail offer. This space offers a controlled environment, for leisure and events, whilst the stadium itself , in line with many new stadia can be transformed into everything from race track to urban park, dependant on the activity programme envisaged.
Users and local benefit
The residents of the development will comprise high income individuals and those wanting an exclusive vacation with access to world class sport and entertainment.
The Stadium resort will provide employment and training at the highest level, in hospitality and event management to the local community. The new skills provided would further help to develop the local market, and it is expected that this in turn would lead to further economic development as the economy grew in response to the needs of its new
Desalination Plant, the development is supported by its own desalination plant which will produce a surplus for use on the mainland. The resulting procedure will assist in the creation of micro climatic production.