Canopy for Dubai Expo 2020

i-Mesh is a technical and sustainable textile made of long lasting, high performance fibres that are applicable for both outdoor and indoor projects. Made in Italy, these textiles are produced purely as bespoke patternings ensuring the least amount of waste is produced.

The Thematic Concourse is the longest walking path ever covered to protect from excessive sun radiation, it illustrates how Comfort can be created in hot cities. Thanks to the invention of i-Mesh, creating fibre patterns in complete freedom - fibres can run on load paths. By doing so, all traverse beams typically found in comparable installations have been omitted. From the point of view of sustainability, it means 30 km of extruded aluminium profiles resulting in the avoidance of a global warming potential of 31 tons CO2 equivalents.

The production of the Thematic Concourse pergolas has produced the lowest amount of waste ever created for a textile installation. The textile industry normally wastes between 20% to 45% of fibres and chemicals and utilises water at various stages of production creating a serious pollution problem: this pergola has saved up to 16 Tons of fibres and chemicals. The process makes no use of water at all. As the canopies cover an area of 52.426 m² the aesthetics and effect of this surface in the top view have a profound impact. 

ProjectDubai Expo 2020
PlaceDubai, UAE

Werner Sobek


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