Entry Portals, Expo 2020 Dubai
by Asif Khan

Photography by Hélène Binet

These three 21m high Entry Portals are the entrances to each thematic district of Dubai Expo 2020 and the first architecture people see at Expo.

Our goal was to produce a structure visible to visitors from a long distance, that envelopes space using the minimal material possible, gives shading, and provides a vision for a future architecture of the Islamic world. A simple architecture based on the traditional Arabian mashrabiya shading screen and grand gateways to the cities of old, yet made entirely from modular units of carbon fibre. Its vast doors are opened and closed each day.

This project has been longlisted in the installation design category of Dezeen Awards 2021.

Designer: Asif Khan
Project: Entry Portals, Expo 2020 Dubai

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