The plaza will be covered by a translucent 360-degree projection 65m-high, 130m-diametre trellis-like dome made from heat-resistant materials to help cool the building, according to a report in Gulf News.
The 150m-diametre plaza will receive passive cooling from natural breeze, combined with heat-reflecting materials and paints. The result would be a temperature that was “cosy and comfortable” for visitors, Ahmad Al Khatib, Vice President of Real Estate at Expo 2020 Dubai, who revealed the design, told reporters.
The dome is designed to replicate the Expo 2020 Dubai logo. At night, it will act as a 360-degree projection screen, with images visible both inside and outside the dome.
The Al Wasl Plaza will be the central hub linking Expo 2020’s three thematic hubs, covering mobility, sustainability and opportunity. It has been designed in such a manner that once the Expo 2020 is over, the plaza can be used as a venue to host events that can accommodate up to 10,000.
The plaza will continue to be used for key events such as National Day celebrations, Al Khatib has added, while the buildings surrounding the plaza will be converted to hotels and commercial space.
All buildings at the Expo site will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold sustainability standards, said Al Khatib.
The plaza’s site leveling has been completed and underground infrastructure is currently under construction.
More information will be released after the tendering process is complete and the contractor selected.
The entire infrastructure for the Expo site is due to be completed by July 2018, with total construction due to be completed by October 2019, 12 months before the event, which will open on 20 October 2020 and run until 10 April 2021.