Expo 2020 Dubai has completed the construction of its three thematic districts, marking a milestone in the expo site's development. Built by the UAE's Al Futtaim Construction group, the Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability Districts are also already landscaped with water and shading features. They're currently awaiting fitout work, Middle East Architectreported.
Forming the largest built-up area of the site and including 86 low-rise buildings that will house dozens of country pavilions, food and beverage outlets, retails, performance spaces and leisure areas, each district will be anchored by its own thematic pavilion and connected to the central Al Wasl Plaza.
Designed by Hopkins and Partners, the districts are meant to evoke old Dubai, and feature facades that resemble traditional Emirati windtowers, as well as walkways that are lined with indigenous flora.
The districts further incorporate a host of tech-savy features including smart shading, solar cells and moisture capturing mechanisms.
All Expo 2020-built structures are designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, which is in line with the Expo’s commitment to leaving a sustainable, meaningful legacy.
The next major Expo 2020 construction milestone is the completion of Al Wasl Plaza’s massive domed trellis, which will act as a huge 360-degree projection screen and is scheduled for completion in June.