Underwater World Cup TV studio, Where are they now?

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In the last few days we have looked at plans for an underwater tennis stadium pitched by a Polish architect, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt’s ideas for a series of environmentally-friendly projects in Dubai, a Swedish firm’s designs for a moving statue, a Chinese team’s ambitions for a neighbourhood in the shape of a globe, a Hong Kong designer’s proposal for a water park containing the world’s highest water slide and yesterday the former president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia’s dream of a city of towers shaped like a chessboard.

Today, we are heading outside of the UAE to a proposal which looked at building an underwater TV studio in Qatar for the FIFA 2020 World Cup.

The project we are in the process of designing for is an underwater broadcast centre [and] is quite a real possibility,” Patric Douglas, CEO of Reef Worlds, told Arabian Business in a phone interview from his base in Los Angeles in May 2015.

Douglas said at the time that Qatar’s World Cup authorities “like the design” and “they like the notion of doing the World Cup underwater with sharks swimming around”.

The site for the proposed underwater broadcast centre was to be a carved out area of rock, which would then be turned into a giant aquarium.

Douglas said the project was likely to cost around $30 million to build and Douglas said the funding for it would be underwritten by broadcasters eager to use the unusual venue as a broadcast base when the Gulf state hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

While plans for the Qatar 2022 World Cup appear to be on track to take place in three years’ time, the designs for an underwater TV studio seem to have sunk without trace.

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