Dubai Wins Bid to Host 2020 World Expo Using HOK-Designed Master Plan
- Dec 18, 2013
The World Expo has captivated the imagination and ability available in the world for over a century. The prestigious event has showcased some of the finest architectural works modern history has seen and continues to be an important banner in the field of avant-garde technology and design. With the 2015 World Expo set to take place in Milan, the bids for the 2020 edition have been judged and the winner is the bustling city of Dubai.
Dubai has won the nod for the 2020 world’s fair by beating out bids submitted by Brazil, Turkey and Russia. The winning proposal heavily relied on the design provided by the architecture firm that will be in charge of the master plan for the facilities to be developed over the following seven years, HOK Architects. The company has used locally-influenced designs for its proposed project, following the local marketplace style for the pavilions, with the larger stands to the edge of the construction and smaller exhibits taking over the central exhibitions areas.
HOK has come up with three distinct structures based on the Expo theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” the Welcome Pavilion, the Innovation Pavilion and the UAE Pavilion, according to the ArchDaily. The development site that will house the facilities and host the events of the Dubai World Expo are located in Jebel Ali near the city’s recently unveiled Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port. The centerpiece of the master planned community will be a plaza named after an idea that is central to the city of Dubai – Al Wasl – meaning the connection.
With approximately 25 million visitors set to arrive in Dubai for the exposition that will last for six months, the World Expo is set to provide even more exposure for the thriving city, and drive revenue for the Middle Eastern metropolis to great levels. Once the Expo is over, the constructions will allow for a retrofitting process that will see the pavilions turned into a Museum space. HOK collaborated on the master plan with Populous and Arup for issues related to venue planning and infrastructure.