World Expo 2020 Dubai
AS+GG's City Design studio completed the master planning, urban design and architectural design for World Expo 2020 that will be hosted in Dubai. The master plan addresses city growth goals in order that Expo investments in infrastructure and buildings advance long-term UAE objectives for economic and social advancement.
Following the Expo, the entire site will transform into a mixed-use technology hub focused on global logistics to leverage its adjacency to new international airport and deep-sea port assets. Rebranded District 2020, this urban innovation lab will contain 32 million sf of mixed work-live-learn development with public transit, exhibition facilities and regional attractions.
The 500-acre site is accessible via regional expressways and Dubai Metro commuter rail is under construction. Approximately 5.4 million sf of permanent buildings are being constructed for the Expo that will be converted into office, residential and educational facilities organized around small-scale blocks and neighborhood parks.
At its center, is Al Wasl Plaza, also designed by AS+GG. Al Wasl is a 4-acre garden and performance venue framed by five office and hotel buildings. By day, the plaza is shaded by a 425’ wide by 220’ tall trellis. By night, the trellis transforms into a dynamic 360-degree projection screen that will be the largest spherical media platform in the world. The trellis enables immersive group experiences, while also creating iconic identity for District 2020.