The white elephant is commonly referred to as a very expensive, noticeable, but useless thing in Brazil. In architecture, this term, as a rule, refers to sports arenas built for a specific grandiose event, the Mundial or the Olympic Games, which are subsequently become unusable.
Athens Olympic Stadium in 2004:
Water Arena for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil:
In order new arenas in Qatar, which are hosting the main football championship in 2022, didn't come to their unfortunate end, the architects from Fenwick Iribarren Architects presented an innovative project for the Doha stadium.
And what's more, the forty-thousandth stadium is modular and created from modified sea containers and steel structures. Thanks to this approach, construction time is significantly reduced, as well as costs.
This project fundamentally changes the essence of grandiose stationary sports complexes. Such a stadium can be disassembled and moved to another place if necessary. From the existing structural elements, you can even create two arenas of smaller capacity.
As a result, for holding a significant sports event or concert, the host city will just need to prepare a flat area for the installation of the stadium and bring communications to it. Perhaps, it will be possible to rent a modular sports complex soon.