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The portals capture this transcendental moment Asif Khan Architect PROJECT Expo Entry Gateways, Dubai
hree huge entry gateways
for Expo 2020 Dubai, designed
by Asif Khan, will welcome visitors onto the site from 20 October, with a futuristic exploration
of the traditional mashrabiya.
Mashrabiyas are a type of decorative,
projecting window often used to control light and airﬂow that are
typically found in Arabic residences. Khan's Expo Entry Portals, which
are part of his wider work on the
Expo's public realm, are said to be
inspired by the aesthetic of the region and are the result of a three-year iterative design process working with a specialist manufacturer.
The self-supporting portals are woven
entirely from strands of ultra-lightweight carbon ﬁbre composite, the strength
of which allows for dimensions of 21m (69ft) high and 30m (98ft) long.
The woven composition of the
structures only becomes apparent
in close proximity, while from further away it is suggested they appear to
be composed of translucent panels.
Its geometric pattern provides not
only structural strength but also material Khan is also working on the new Museum of London and Tselinny Centre of Contemporary Culture in Almaty
efﬁciency, wind permeability, shading and also speed of manufacturing.
The portals feature two large doors
each measuring 21m (69ft) high and 10m (34ft) wide that will open every morning