AS+GG provided master planning, urban design, and architectural design for the World Expo that will be hosted in Dubai during 2020. The master plan addresses city growth goals so that Expo investments in infrastructure and buildings can advance long-term UAE objectives for economic and social advancement.
Following the Expo, the 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 be a mixed-use, 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.
AS+GG developed performance specifications and guidelines that are being implemented to assure Expo 2020 is among the most sustainable global events on record with power to influence UAE development policy for decades to come.
AS+GG also designed Al Wasl Plaza, a 4-acre garden and performance venue framed by five office and hotel buildings at the center of the site. 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.