EXPO Shade Structures – Bird Silhouettes

Shade for a Desert State

For the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, Werner Sobek developed innovative shading systems that connect all the country pavilions on the exhibition grounds. They are designed in such a way that they absorb high deformations without any problems. In total, the structures span an area of around 96,000 m².

CEEQUAL Certified with the Highest Degree of Fulfilment “Excellent”

Based on the basic principle of a steel frame structure, three different shading systems were developed to provide extensive spanning without interfering with the visual axes on the EXPO site. The entire structure was certified according to CEEQUAL and achieved the highest level of compliance “Excellent”.

The second shading system consists of multi-layer horizontal cable nets supporting around 3,500 membrane figures with spans of up to four metres. The figures are modelled on the silhouettes of birds and span a total area of 16,400 m².

Architecture
Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany

Planning time
2017 – 2018

Construction time
2018 – 2020

Services by Werner Sobek
General planning
Design
Structural engineering
MEP engineering
Sustainability concept
(renewable energy, microclimate optimization, recyclable materials)
CEEQUAL certification
Site supervision

GFA
96,000 m²

Client
CH2M Mace Joint Venture on behalf of Expo 2020 Dubai/UAE

Photography
Roland Halbe, Stuttgart/Germany
Andreas Keller, Altdorf/Germany

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