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In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

Celebrated London-based architect Asif Khan has been charged with developing the public realm space at Expo 2020 Dubai

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

Conceived by Expo 2020 in collaboration with top British architect Asif Khan and his studio, the three entry portals that will welcome millions of visitors from around the world to Expo 2020 Dubai, are a futuristic adaptation of the traditional mashrabiya, an intricate design used across the region to regulate light and airflow. (Photo credit: Helene Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

A series of tracks will weave through the concourses, which stretch for 6km, with different materials used depending on the location and the type of movement expected. For example, on the edges of the public realm, visitors are expected to move slower, so the materials of the tracks are more tactile.

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

Shading columns are the exact same colour as that of a ghaf tree’s trunk. Khan said: "It’s painted the colour of ghaf trees as imagined by Emirati artist Abdulqadr al-rais whom we collaborated with."

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

There are 50 traditional Emirati benches planned for the expo site, which take the form of Arabic script for words such as love, peace and happiness. The choice of words was crowdsourced, while Lebanese designer Lara Captan, completed the typography. 

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

Architect Khan, said: “The public realm means everything that you see and walk on and touch that isn’t an international pavilion or isn’t an F&B outlet. It’s the glue that connects the whole expo together and it’s often the bit that’s silent in these projects, it’s like the gaps that are left over that get filled with asphalt or something like that.” (Photo credit: (Dany Eid)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

In keeping with the ethos that nothing is designed at Expo 2020 without forethought to a deeper depth, Khan’s intelligent designs are backed by meaningful experiential elements that will greatly enhance visitors’ experiences as they journey through the site.

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

There are 50 traditional Emirati benches planned for the expo site, which take the form of Arabic script for words such as love, peace and happiness. The choice of words was crowdsourced, while Lebanese designer Lara Captan, completed the typography. 

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement
In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai makes public statement

Shading columns are the exact same colour as that of a ghaf tree’s trunk. Khan said: "It’s painted the colour of ghaf trees as imagined by Emirati artist Abdulqadr al-rais whom we collaborated with."