World Expo Dubai - Al Wasl Plaza
Dubai / UAE
Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Al Wasl Plaza is the centerpiece of Dubai Expo 2021, a massive dome created as a meeting point and a place to “connect minds” of visitors from all corners of the globe. It is a cavernous and luscious public realm, where visitors gather before and after each of the Expo’s momentous functions. The structure is faceted with a series of rings, with video-controlled light pixels at each intersection that actively simulate the stars and desert winds above the Expo. These pixels can be programmed, but can also be set free to respond to the winds and sounds of the desert–a universal metaphor of passing time rippling overhead.
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