Dubai Expo 2020 Master Plan 89
Design completion: 2012
HOK was the lead designer for a team that
With three separate pavilions symbolizing
The team planned the Expo site to create
developed the master plan for Dubai Expo
opportunity, sustainability and mobility, the
a sustainable benchmark for events in the
2020, which is expected to draw more than
design features “innovation pods” and “best
Middle East. An iconic photovoltaic fabric
25 million visitors to the city.
practice areas” in each thematic zone. These
structure covers the main walkways, acting
three zones emanate from a central plaza
as a solar-powered sun shade and combining
The design looks to the future while drawing
named the Al Wasl, the historic Arab name for
with photovoltaic panels on building facades
on traditional Emirati community planning
Dubai meaning “the connection.”
to capture enough sunlight to generate at
concepts. With its mixture of education,
least half of the Expo’s energy requirements
innovation and entertainment, the plan reﬂ ects
Inspired by the layout of a traditional Arabic
on site. Other sustainable strategies include
the best qualities of Dubai and the form and
souk, or marketplace, the design places larger
recycling wastewater, reusing materials and
spirit of a world expo.
pavilions to the perimeter while clustering
monitoring the Expo’s carbon footprint.
smaller exhibit spaces toward the center Situated on the southwestern edge of Dubai
of the site. This layout creates a smooth
HOK teamed with Populous and Arup on
in Jebel Ali, the site is close to Dubai’s new Al
pedestrian ﬂow while encouraging interaction
the master plan.
Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali
Port, the world’s third-busiest port.
◄ aerial view
2014 design annual
1,082 acres / 438 hectares
Published on Sep 3, 2014
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