Construction has officially been completed on an eye-catching new stadium in Qatar. Created as part of the country’s preparation for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, the building features a complex patterned facade that’s said to shimmer in sunlight and can also be illuminated with integrated lighting at night.

Nicknamed the Diamond in the Desert, the stadium derives its official title of Education City Stadium from its location next to several university and research buildings in Al Rayyan, west of Qatar’s capital Doha. It was designed by Fenwick-Iribarren Architects in collaboration with Pattern Architects, Buro Happold, JPAC JV, and Salfo.

“The facade of the stadium is conceived as a shimmering diamond nestled on a vibrant landscaped podium,” explains Pattern Architects. “The faceted nature of the metallic fabric facade has a strong geometric tessellation consisting of diamonds and triangles, which means each panel will reflect different qualities of light, sparkle with different hues, and mirror different aspects of the surrounding site.

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