Asif Khan unveils carbon-fibre latticed gates for Dubai Expo 2020 - architecture and design

Asif Khan unveils carbon-fibre latticed gates for Dubai Expo 2020

British architecture studio Asif Khan has revealed the entrance gateways to the Dubai Expo 2020, woven from carbon fibre to create 21-metre-high mashrabiya-style lattices.
The three Expo Entry Portals are all 30 metres long and sit on top of bridges spanning roads around the site of the next World Expo, which is to be held in Dubai and opens 20 October 2020.

Asif Khan designed the portals as part of the four miles of public realm the studio has designed for Dubai Expo 2020.  The 173-day-long event expects to welcome 25 million visitors.
Guests will enter through one of the 21-metre-high gateways and walk between two screen walls underneath a latticed canopy.

At the end of the Expo Entry Portals two 10.5-metre-wide doors open on to a tree-filled courtyard. The doors, which can be bolted in place, can be opened just a little when foot traffic is minimal or be flung wide open for events such as the opening ceremony and New Years Eve celebrations.

Mashrabiya is a traditional architectural element across the Arabic-speaking world, encompassing latticed screens often showcasing intricate and complex geometric patterns that shade exterior windows and balconies.
Asif Khan, who founded his eponymous practice in 2007, took a typical mashrabiya and folded it to create the long gateway.

"I wanted to create a mashraybiya like no other, for it to be impossibly thin and impossibly light," Khan told Dezeen.
"There was only one material that is capable of performing like ...

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