Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai

Lieu
Dubai - United Arab Emirates | View Map
Année du projet
2021
Catégorie
Paysage commercial

Pavillons
Histoires par
SWA

i-Mesh
Ismail Noor

Dubai Expo 2020 Public Realm

SWA en tant que Architectes paysagistes.

AN AMBITIOUS AGENDA

Expo 2020 Dubai is the world in one place – a global experience dedicated to bringing together people, communities and nations to build bridges, inspire action and deliver real-life solutions to real-life challenges.  

In a spirit of optimism, Expo 2020 has gathered more than 200 participants for a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days.

In creating a setting that welcomes the world, accommodating distinctive pavilions from 192 countries, the Expo 2020 leadership challenged and supported SWA in forging an extraordinary landscape that:

  • Expresses the spirit of Dubai
  • Responds to the extreme climate
  • Reveals both the majestic and subtle beauty of the native landscape
  • Offers sensory delight and respite for visitors
  • Promotes human comfort
  • Provides compelling gathering spaces at many scales
  • Encourages coherent wayfinding
  • Complements and unites the different architectural expressions of pavilions

The landscape offers a memorable experiential context for the Expo 2020’s many marvels.

photo_credit Courtesy of Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Courtesy of Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

Characteristics of the Open Space

The SWA-designed an open space network at Expo 2020 mitigates extreme climate conditions and provides experiential connectivity and wayfinding, sensory delight and distinctive place-making.The series of open spaces at Expo allows visitors to encounter the distinctive characteristics—cultural and environmental—of Dubai at this moment when it welcomes the world. 

photo_credit Courtesy of Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Courtesy of Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

Interpretive elements take cues from the landscape itself, where paving patterns and forms are introduced to evoke wadi, sand dunes, and mountains.  Where water is used mostly sparingly to serve planted materials and occasionally extravagantly for special effects and to express a welcome generosity of the host country.

photo_credit Courtesy of Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Courtesy of Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

Tempering the extreme climate, open spaces also offer comfort and relief for Expo visitors in ways that are both subtle and overt, natural and built.  Shade is introduced not only with tree canopies but with imaginative structures. Examples include the dramatic ten-meter-high trellis that shelters The Loop with hundreds of custom-designed kite-like forms in the shape of birds. 

photo_credit Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

Cooling is also achieved through the strategic integration of plantings and water which reduce the ambient temperature, while also offering visual and auditory pleasures of reflection and shadow, gurgle and whisper.  More than half of all the plants used on site are native and adaptive species.  Further, paving materials exceed SRI solar reflective standards, prevent the buildup of heat island effects.

photo_credit Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

The sequence

A dramatic series of landscaped spaces comprise the arrival from the metro station, commencing with a broad Welcome Plaza, which narrows to a central, tree-lined promenade that doubles as home to the leadership pavilion and provides for a formal procession to the heart of Expo 2020, the phenomenal domed Al Wasl Plaza.

The Loop, a shaded pedestrian promenade, encircles the site, allowing visitors to access the three districts without having to return to the center.  Here, dazzling 10-meter-high shade structure is comprised of suspended forms in the shape of birds. And the Loop’s connector is lined with Ghaf trees, the national tree of UAE.

From The Loop, visitors can also access substantial landscaped spaces between the pavilion neighborhoods, including two major parks – Jubilee Park to the south and Al Forsan Park, the Ghayath Trail to the north, and the Oasis (home to “Surreal” a signature fountain).  Each of these parks accommodates added programs and offers a particular character, enabling visitors to find variety in their respite and insight into the depth of Expo’s themes and their underlying foundation in Middle East culture. All of these open spaces will be retained as part of Expo’s legacy to serve as the basis for the new human-centric city-within-a-city, District 2020. 

photo_credit Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

EXPO OPEN SPACE - DESIGN ELEMENTS

Jubilee Park:

Jubilee Park is inspired by wadi, seasonal rivers that are formed in the desert through periods of intense storms and give rise to a rich palette of vegetation that often survives also through the dry months.  Wadis bring life to the desert creating, along their path, green oases allowing plants to bloom.

Paving patterns in Jubilee Park serve as a metaphor for the wadi, with their color, patterns and sinuous curves representing the flow of water in the landscape.  Here the wadi pathway meanders through the site to create distinct landscaped spaces: it follows the edges of the large performance space at the center of the park, and continues on to the main arrival plaza adjacent to the loop boulevard. Here we find some of the park’s main features including restaurant and snack facilities, kiosks of the souk market and the observation tower.

A swath of date palms follows the edges of the wadi path and connects the main arrival plaza to the outdoor event stage at the opposite side of the park.

The vegetation selected for this park closely reflects the character of the native, UAE, desert flora. Drought tolerant, native and adapted species are mixed with a variety of soft grasses and seasonal planting species.

photo_credit Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

AL Forsan Park

While the Jubilee Park is inspired by Dubai’s distinctive natural beauty, the Al Forsan Park takes its cues from culture. 

Nested between the Opportunity and the Sustainability Thematic Districts, on the two sides, and the UAE pavilion, on the south, the Al Forsan Park is a green hub for different cultural and social experiences.

Design inspiration comes from the mosaic, an art form found throughout the Islamic world.  Al Forsan Park takes its cues – physically and programmatically -- from this art form, forging a series of spaces that bring together different programs, themes and age groups. Here, individual spaces converge like a mosaic of colorful tiles in a coherent design, characterized by abstract, repetitive geometric patterns.  The park can be read as a metaphor of the UAE, an historic crossroad of people and cultures, and a nation of seven emirates, together, each with its distinct identity.

Inside the park, each ‘mosaic space’ is also designed to meet different needs of different age groups, from engaging interactive displays to showcase and activate the Expo experience to the more somatic spaces such as restaurants, snack facilities and resting areas for visitors to decompress.

Snack-in facilities are provided on the northwest and on the southeast side of the park, while a polygonal outdoor performance space will host outdoor concerts, plays and outdoor lectures.

The landscape on the north side of the park offers an intentionally minimalist design, anticipating future construction of the mosque that, after the Expo event, will serve the community of the future city of Expo 2020. A large open lawn provides a venue for outdoor play and sport activities.

Just like the vibrant tiles of a rich Middle Eastern mosaic the plants species selected for this park provide a rich palette of colors and an overall pleasant sensory experience, with emphasis on soft textures and fragrances.

photo_credit Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

Ghayath Trail

Just opposite of Al Forsan Park on the interior of the ring promenade is Ghayath Trail, a crescent shaped landscape that buffers the UAE pavilion. 

Imagined as an engaging ‘art walk,’ Ghayath Trail meanders through a dense canopy of native (Ghaf) trees connecting different large size sculptures and providing a whimsical, adventurous, experience of the landscape.

The meandering walk continues, across the ring promenade, connecting to the arrival plaza of Al Forsan Park

photo_credit Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

The Loop

The Loop, a shaded pedestrian promenade, is the primary pedestrian circulation.  It encircles the site, allowing visitors to access the main open spaces, as well as the three districts without having to return to the center.  The dazzling ten-meter-high shade structure is comprised of suspended forms in the shape of birds, an artful form that cools and casts dramatic shadows.  The Loop is lined with Ghaf trees, the national tree of UAE.

photo_credit Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA
Fran Hegeler, Director of Marketing and Communications, SWA

Quotes (TBC):

“As visitors move through the Expo 2020’s pavilions, they will experience the great mosaic that is both the Expo event and the region itself. The sequence of spaces, the palette of native plant materials, the cultural resonance of the geometric paving patterns, the integration of art and innovative construction— all combine to offer wayfinding and respite between pavilions. We are excited that the open space platform for Expo will live on as legacy as the human-centric new city of District 2020.” – John Wong, Principal Designer of EXPO, SWA Group

Expo 2020 Dubai

i-Mesh en tant que Fabricants.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | i-Mesh, a young company from the Marche region of Italy, is responsible for the cover of the Expo 2020 Dubai promenade. It consists of 2.7 km of Made in Italy technical fabric for architecture, for a total area of 52,500 square meters. The high-tech, green, textile material is better performing, more sustainable, and more versatile for the local climate. In fact, i-Mesh flourished in a sandstorm resistance test, remaining intact without ripping thanks to the strength and flexibility of its fibers, soft material, and well- calibrated weight.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

The theme of Expo 2020, which is scheduled for October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 in Dubai, is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future," a philosophy also shared by Alberto Fiorenzi, the founder of i-Mesh. Starting from his experience in the aerospace and nautical sectors, he has created a new, highly-performing material for architecture, conceived from the viewpoint of circularity and maximum customization.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

i-Mesh allows imagining a new architectural paradigm. A type of soft architecture which designs softer, more flexible, versatile spaces that focus on human beings and their well-being. Inclusive and welcoming spaces, they “react” to the real needs of people, ensuring visual and environmental comfort. i-Mesh is the thread that binds everything, a "touch" material that has found its most important expressive manifestation at Expo 2020 Dubai.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

An ethereal, translucent "cloud" hanging between land and sky that protects from the heat during the day and transforms into a projection screen at night. The fabric features the distinctive patterns of a modern "Mashrabiya," the latticework traditionally used in the architecture of Arab countries. This is how the i-Mesh covers of Expo 2020 Dubai designed by the German studio Werner Sobek, which chose to use this innovative Made in Italy material for their project, can be described. It is a poetic “see through” effect made possible by the lightness and transparency of this technical fabric.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

Applied on a large urban scale for the first time, i-Mesh covers the main walkways connecting the areas of Expo 2020 Dubai. It does not block the view of the sky nor the passage of air, but instead repels solar radiation, providing a feeling of comfort while maintaining a pleasant microclimate. Werner Sobek's idea was to recreate the intimate and familiar character of a retractable pergola, but with significant dimensions: an idea that i-Mesh allowed him to transform into reality.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

“The Dubai Shade Structures perfectly embody the combination of lightweight construction, innovation and design that we seek out in all our projects,” according to Werner Sobek, who has designed a structure that is both light and robust thanks to the highly engineered solutions and advanced technologies adopted. The result is an innovative project from multiple points of view. Collaborating with i-Mesh allowed him to build the largest retractable cover ever made. It is the first canopy produced with only 3% waste of virgin material, compared to the standard 25% of the textile industry. It is also the first time that a start-up has been awarded an order in an Expo project.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

The challenge was to create 2.7 kilometers of retractable covers for a total 52,500 square meters of i-Mesh, all without transverse support beams. This eliminated the need for 30 kilometers of extruded aluminum, thereby avoiding the emission of 31 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. And there's more: i-Mesh is also reusable. This means that when the Universal Exposition is over, a large part of the fabric used for the covers will remain on site as a permanent installation, while other parts can be reused in another city context, according to a logic of zero waste. The Expo 2020 Dubai project is the result of a long study, in which the solutions were "certified" by a calculation system specially created in collaboration with the Polytechnic Institute of Milan.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

INNOVATION AND TECHNICAL RESEARCH AT THE BASE OF A NEW CONCEPT OF ARCHITECTURE

i-Mesh is composed of two elements: six types of fibers (including four minerals) and a thermoplastic polymer whose properties remain intact during the industrial process. This means that it can be separated from the fibers during recycling operations.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

i-Mesh is a patented, light, extremely resistant technical fabric that can be installed, stored, and disassembled with great ease. It can also be reused several times in various ways. It is produced exclusively in custom-made panels, according to a zero waste logic. It is a circular product, but also an entirely customizable material. In fact, every i- Mesh pattern is created based on the specific needs of the designer.

photo_credit Ismail Noor
Ismail Noor

i-Mesh can be used both indoors and outdoors. It can be used indoors to make high- tech curtains, vertical dividers, false ceilings, skylights, and tapestries. Outdoors, it instead filters and reflects solar radiation, allowing the passage of light while at the same time guaranteeing thermal and visual comfort. The total freedom of customization in terms of both pattern and design is undoubtedly the greatest advantage of i-Mesh: in fact, there is no standard weave in its production. "I-Mesh is a material that is entirely free from the constraints of traditional weaving, always generating new emotions and expressive forms," explained Alberto Fiorenzi.

photo_credit © i-Mesh
© i-Mesh

WE DESIGN THE FUTURE

The Expo 2020 Dubai can be considered a successful bet, but Alberto Fiorenzi is already looking to the future with the idea that i-Mesh can become, "The paradigm for a new way of doing architecture to design flexible and versatile spaces for people and their well-being. A soft architecture that provides sustainable and customizable solutions and leaves less and less of a trace on the planet."

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