This is the first built project of Pattern Design, a London-based architectural start-up practice specialising in rule-based design.
• Designs that achieve equilibrium between man-made structures and the natural world. • Employ the idea of patterns in nature to analyse all aspects of a project. • Mathematics and beauty are key research areas for the practice. • Buildings that enhance the user experience by addressing well-being and visual harmony.
Until our HBZ Stadium, all Middle East stadia seemed 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.
25,000 seat FIFA class Soccer stadium is designed uniquely for it's location, crowd demographic and hot desert climate. Innovations include: • Sustainable, passive parasol shade roof and palm bole facade • Small-crowd bowl [three tier] with high hospitality ratio • Reduced Front Row Offset for close proximity The design maximises shade and allows air modulation to reduce the environmental footprint. The unique roof generates a fully shaded pitch at 16:00.
A key area of investigation was the audience segmentation, which is very different to a European or American model. The unique slope cut lower tier creates more high value seats. As part of a wider development of complementary priority is given to pedestrians creating an urban setting and reducing the visual and environmental impact of cars.
The palm bole façade echoes the long history of date palms in Al Ain. It is a potent symbol of the local climate and culture.
Pattern were the design architects from concept to completion. Our initial client was the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. We then delivered the project on a fast track 18 month Design and Build for the main contractor BAM.
A remarkable an innovative project delivered in record time.