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World Expo 2020, Centerpiece Venue

The Al Wasl Plaza is the crown jewel and centerpiece for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Owner
Expo 2020 Dubai
Location
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Completion Date
Area
17,680 m²
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Thornton Tomasetti
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Thornton Tomasetti
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Thornton Tomasetti
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Thornton Tomasetti
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Thornton Tomasetti
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Thornton Tomasetti
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Thornton Tomasetti
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Centerpiece Venue at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Overview

The first World Expo held in the region, Expo 2020 Dubai will host 190 participating countries and millions of visitors to help celebrate three distinctive themes: Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility. These themes are organized into three districts connected by the Al Wasl Plaza located at the heart of the Expo site.

We are providing structural design services to Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture for the plaza. The Expo begins in October 2021 and runs though March 2022.

al_wasl_vid_3 © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The Beating Heart of Expo 2020

Highlights

  • Unlike traditional diagonalized gridshells, the unique structural framework of the “Trellis” draws inspiration from the event’s iconographic logo as a series of nested and tangent rings that result in a flexurally governed ductile structural system.
  • Each of the steel rings are in-filled with Polytetrafuoroethylene (PTFE) fabric panels that function both as shading for the open plaza and a projection surface for dramatic 360 degree immersive events for Expo attendees and future visitors.
  • Key structural engineering considerations were related to the geometric definition, loading and performance criteria, global stability and imperfections, and the steel fabrication and erection.
  • The open space plaza is 150 meters in diameter and reaches a height of 64 meters. The plaza will also include various restaurants, fountains and parks.
  • We are also providing structural engineering services for the multiple mixed-use buildings that will surround the plaza, which will be used for hotel and commercial uses. Each of the structures dramatically cantilever towards the “Trellis” surface, giving occupants dramatic and unique views of the landscaped plaza and projected immersive experience.
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Centerpiece Venue Dome Crowned

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