al wasl plaza, expo 2020
dubai, uae

Project Team

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Projection Design
Obscura Digital


The Al Wasl Plaza is a state of the art experiential performance venue designed to bring nations, people and artistry together through technology, projection, sound, and live performance for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai and beyond. The Plaza features a 130 meter diameter, 65 meter tall, dome trellis over a lush garden space. The Trellis structure is infilled with fabric panels, allowing air and sound to move freely, while shielding visitors from the intense sun. The fabric doubles as a massive projection surface, with projectors and loudspeakers surrounding the audience, creating an immersive environment for both atmospheric and special event use.