The first photos of the complex created for Expo 2020 in Dubai have just gone online.
Architect Asif Khan has revealed his creation for the important fair in the Emirates, the 170-day event will host around 25 million people from all over the world.
Asif Khan and his studio have designed the entrance portal, the first thing therefore that every visitor will see when they approach the huge Expo site.
Being both the entrance and the exit, the architect wanted to create something never seen before and that will remain part of the country’s heritage.
As it appears in the first images, Asif Khan has reserved for his installation a modern reinterpretation of the traditional “mashrabiya” – a particular and intertwined design widely used in the architecture of Arab countries, to regulate light and airflow – for the Dubai entrance portals of expo 2020.
The entrance consists of two doors about eleven meters wide, able to open in different ways depending on the flow of people, and immediately afterward a large green space, full of palm trees and trees, also designed by Asif Khan.
Altogether the entrance has a height of thirty meters, made with ultra-light carbon fiber filaments, these columns were then put in place with a crane and bolted to the bridges.
Everything has been designed to make the grid as thin as possible and at the same time able to cover tens of meters and support itself.
Although the dimensions may seem enormous, the doors can be pushed open by one person and as you get closer you can notice a strange subtlety and gracefulness that gives the structure a magical quality, which seems to defy gravity.
The fiber tubes create a weave that projects the reflected shadow onto the amusement park, symbolizing an artistic, architectural and locally inspired welcome for the guests.