Massive central plaza unveiled for Expo 2020
Designs for a massive plaza for the Expo 2020 Dubai site have just been unveiled, and it looks spectacular.
Al Wasl Plaza will be 150 metres in diameter, giving millions of expo visitors a dramatic central hub to explore. It will be topped by a 65 metre-high translucent domed trellis, which will act as a 360-degree projection surface – being translucent, the projection will be visible both inside and out.
This will sit on a 4.38 kilometre site with restaurants, fountains and parks.
‘Al Wasl’ means ‘connection’ in Arabic, and that’s exactly what the plaza will do, connecting three districts (Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility) as well as the Dubai Metro link and the UAE Pavilion, through its seven entrances and exits.
The plaza will host events during Expo 202, however, once the Expo is finished it will go on to serve as a mixed-use legacy for the site.
“Expo 2020 Dubai will be an exceptional, unmissable and breathtaking global destination, and we feel Al Wasl Plaza embodies that vision,” said Gordon Gill, Design Partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, who designed the space.
“We are creating a space that will be an architectural landmark not just for the six months of Expo but long into the future. We want Al Wasl Plaza, with its cutting-edge design, to inspire not just our generation but many generations to come.”
This is the last major design element that will be announced for Dubai South. It will be developed alongside the other locations, such as the themed pavilions, which is on track to have all the heavy construction work finished by October 2019.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said: “Memorable moments are framed by memorable spaces. Al Wasl Plaza will be an inspirational location, exemplifying local culture and family values while also looking to the future.”