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Dubai Lands 2020 World Expo with Design by HOK

04 December, 2013

-By Holly O'Dell


Dubai has been awarded the 2020 World Expo with a master plan designed by HOK. The 1,082-acre site—inspired by a traditional Arabic "souk," or marketplace—features three pavilions representing opportunity, sustainability, and mobility. The larger structures form a perimeter as smaller exhibit spaces cluster toward a central plaza named the Al Wasl, a historical name for Dubai meaning "the connection."


Courtesy of HOK


Covering the main walkways, a photovoltaic fabric structure acts as a solar-powered sun shade that, along with photovoltaic panels on building exteriors, will generate at least half of the event’s energy requirements on site. A gondola will link each of the pavilion “zones” and the main entrance, while additional pavilions and landscaping provide shade to connective streets throughout the site.


Courtesy of HOK


“With its mixture of education, innovation, and entertainment, the plan reflects the wonderful qualities of Dubai and the form and spirit of a World Expo,” Tim Gale, director of planning for HOK in London, said in a statement.

Upon the completion of the Expo in spring 2021, the main pavilions will combine to become the Museum of the Future.


Courtesy of HOK




Dubai Lands 2020 World Expo with Design by HOK

04 December, 2013


Dubai has been awarded the 2020 World Expo with a master plan designed by HOK. The 1,082-acre site—inspired by a traditional Arabic "souk," or marketplace—features three pavilions representing opportunity, sustainability, and mobility. The larger structures form a perimeter as smaller exhibit spaces cluster toward a central plaza named the Al Wasl, a historical name for Dubai meaning "the connection."


Courtesy of HOK


Covering the main walkways, a photovoltaic fabric structure acts as a solar-powered sun shade that, along with photovoltaic panels on building exteriors, will generate at least half of the event’s energy requirements on site. A gondola will link each of the pavilion “zones” and the main entrance, while additional pavilions and landscaping provide shade to connective streets throughout the site.


Courtesy of HOK


“With its mixture of education, innovation, and entertainment, the plan reflects the wonderful qualities of Dubai and the form and spirit of a World Expo,” Tim Gale, director of planning for HOK in London, said in a statement.

Upon the completion of the Expo in spring 2021, the main pavilions will combine to become the Museum of the Future.


Courtesy of HOK

 


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