Three huge Expo Entry Portals will welcome millions of visitors from around the world, designed by leading British architect Asif Khan.
Each of the structures are made with strands of ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre composite that keeps them standing 21 metres high and 30 metres long without any additional support.
The portals feature two huge doors – 21 metres high and 10.5 metres wide – that will be opened every morning of the 173 days of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The portals lead to tree-filled arrival courtyards, also designed in collaboration with Khan – one in each of the three Expo 2020 Dubai districts including Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Khan and his studio, created the portals as a futuristic adaptation of the traditional mashrabiya – a design used across the region to regulate light and airflow.
“The portals are the first thing you see as you approach the site, so they are a landmark at the beginning and end of your journey at Expo 2020,” said architect Asif Khan.
“I would like visitors to Expo, especially children, to be inspired by architecture they have never seen before, and to be excited that it is part of the heritage of the region. Passing through the doors represents a physical and symbolic act of moving from the past into the future."
The structures took three years to develop, but that’s not all Khan has to show, as he’ll eventually be revealing the rest of his design of Expo 2020’s Public Realm, which has more than six kilometres of walkable areas across the site.
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