After it was confirmed that dubai would become the first middle eastern city to host the world expo in 2020, HOK released further images of their proposal for the site, a futuristic and innovative design which embraces the heritage and history of the emirati region.
Working alongside populous and arup, the ‘connecting minds, creating the future’ inspired scheme comprises three pavilions, symbolizing opportunity, sustainability and mobility, connected through an expansive central plaza.
Referencing traditional arabic souks, the 1,082 acre development encourages interaction among visitors through the placing of small clusters of exhibition spaces in the center of the design, with the larger pavilions situated around the perimeter of the site.
Considering the environmental implications of the event, photovoltaic panels positioned on building façades aim to provide at least 50% of required energy. a photovoltaic fabric structure, acting as a solar powered shading device, covers circulation routes, which at night will be illuminated through a variety of digital projections. greywater recycling, and the reuse of discarded materials also form a key part of on-site sustainability. More info and photos