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Dubai Expo 2020 Master Plan 89

Dubai, UAE

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

among visitors.

Port, the world’s third-busiest port.

◄ aerial view

2014 design annual

1,082 acres / 438 hectares

2014 HOK Design Annual  

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