The World Cup has never been held in a Middle Eastern nation, but Qatar wants to change that — and to do so, they've retained a German architecture firm to design five stunning stadiums that'll sweeten their host-nation bid.

Of the five stadiums that German firm Albert Speer & Partner designed for Qatar's bid for the 2022 World Cup, three are completely new construction, while two are refits of existing structures — and all of them will be cooled using solar power.

(Via Designboom)

Advertisement

Al Khor stadium

Al Khor stadium

Sponsored

Al Khor stadium, cross-section view.

Al Wakrah stadium

Al Wakrah stadium, as part of a planned sports complex.

Al Wakrah stadium, from within the sports complex.

Al Rayyan stadium, with a "media facade" that will project news, scores, and current matches.

Al Rayyan stadium

Al Shamal stadium

Al Shamal stadium

Al Gharafa stadium

Al Gharafa stadium

Al Gharafa stadium, cross-section view.