EXPO 2017 Astana

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago/USA

Planning time:
2013 – 2015

Construction time:
2014 – 2016

Services rendered by Werner Sobek:
Structural engineering
Facade engineering
Conversion concept

sml sembol construction, Astana/Kazakhstan

Andreas Keller, Altdorf/Germany
Nikolay Kazakov, Karlsruhe/Germany

EXPO 2017 takes place in Kazakhstan‘s capital, Astana. Winner of the international architectural competition in 2012 was the Chicago-based consultancy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill. Werner Sobek advised the winning team on aspects of structural and facade engineering. Special attention was dedicated to the question of how the EXPO site can be used in the future. After the exhibition, most buildings can be changed, disassembled or converted. Those buildings that are deconstructed can be recycled easily.

At its heart, Expo City features the Kazakhstan Pavilion. The spheric structure reaches a total height of 100 m and measures approximately 80 m in diameter. Werner Sobek provided not only structural and facade engineering for this impressive building. We also engineered many other parts of Expo City, for example two of the so-called commercial pavilions.