EXPO Shade Structures – Planted Pergolas

Werner Sobek has developed a trio of innovative shading systems for Expo 2020 Dubai. These systems link together all of the national pavilions on the exhibition site. The structures cover a total area of approx. 96,000 m².

All three systems use the same basic concept of a large-span steel frame construction as the foundation of their designs. can even tolerate high deformations with no difficulty whatsoever. This allows the spacious World Expo grounds to be shaded with efficient, large-span constructions that make a significant contribution to visitors’ comfort without compromising their views of the surrounding landscape. The overall design has been CEEQUAL certified with an ‘Excellent’ rating, the highest possible award.

The third of the shading systems developed by Werner Sobek is made up of pergolas that span a total area of approx. 27,000 m². These pergolas feature around 11,000 climbing plants whose roots are anchored into the structures’ canopy levels. In addition to offering shade cover, the plants also provide natural cooling via transpiration.

Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany

Planning time
2017 – 2018

Construction time
2018 – 2020

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

96,000 m²

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

Roland Halbe, Stuttgart/Germany

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