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Final designs for Dubai’s underwater tennis stadium being drawn



The above image of an underwater tennis stadium made headlines across the world last year, when Polish architect Krzysztof Kotala revealed the initial design.

According to Arabian Business, although Mr Kotala currently has no investors, he is in talks with potential US backers while he draws up final designs for the project. “This process takes a few months,” he told them.

Mock-up images of the initial design show plans for seven stadiums with glass roof structures so that spectators can watch the marine creatures above them… Maybe when the tennis gets a little boring.

Constructing this peculiar stadium wont be easy, and there will be plenty of engineering challenges to overcome. However, Dubai is known to love underwater projects, which makes the emirate an obvious choice.

“This will be something original. This should be somewhere where there is the tradition of tennis. Dubai is perfect for this idea,” said Kotala, the owner of 8+8 studio in Warsaw, back in May, referring to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“Nowhere in the world do they play tennis underwater. The arena will in no way affect the natural ecological balance. The complex has been proposed to be built in the bay and it will allow the full preservation of the natural ecosystem. Underwater arena fits into the natural environment because it resembles a coral reef,” he explained. “The structure will allow the spectators to not only watch tennis but also view the sea and the reef on the rooftop.”

What will they think of next…

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