Grimshaw has won a contract to design a network of recreational sporting facilities across Qatar.

To be funded by the Qatar Olympic Committee, the Al Farjan Recreational Sports Facilities aim to encourage community participation in sporting activities by serving as an informal space for young people, families, and sports enthusiasts to develop healthy lifestyles in a social environment. The multipurpose sports facilities will be equipped with a variety of courts, pitches, outdoor children’s playgrounds, public amenities, and social areas.

Grimshaw’s concept design incorporates high quality amenities for sports including football, volleyball, basketball, and handball. An elevated café at the centre of the complex will function as a vibrant social hub surrounded by the various courts and pitches. Fabric canopies that visually resemble the desert flowers native to Qatar will provide shade against the harsh conditions and mark key routes to recreation and seating areas.

From an environmental perspective, Grimshow has added shading canopies, passive programming, and a grey water recycling system into the design.

Grimshaw Partner Keith Brewis comments that their design will create highly accessible informal public spaces that enrich social activities while also developing athletic talent within the local community.

Designed as a kit of parts and deployable in arrangements of various sizes, Grimshaw’s design allows the bespoke components to be easily adapted for the construction of future recreational facilities throughout Qatar.