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Al Wasl Plaza is a new type of public space that is multi-purpose and multi-functional. In its Legacy, post-expo phase, the space will serve as a free civic convenor of conversation and experiences that can unite people for intimate conversations or large

Al Wasl Plaza

Firm LocationSuite 2300, United States
CompanyAdrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Lead ArchitectGordon Gill, FAIA

The centerpiece of Expo2020 Dubai, Al Wasl is the soul of the post-expo Legacy District. The sloped garden is landscaped for relaxation and events of varied types and scales. A 65m trellis covers the garden with material porous enough to allow light, air, and water to pass, while being opaque enough to shade and cool the space by 12-degrees. After dusk the trellis becomes a 360-degree projection screen with curated digital content to accompany world-class performers. A rigorous set of KPI’s were adhered to, ranging from water to light to air quality to waste, and for heightened performance.