A brief introduction to Werner Sobek – who we are, what we do, why we do it the way we do it…
Our founder and our managing directors talk about our objectives and our philosophy. In addition, this brief film also gives a glimpse at some of our most important projects, such as Stuttgart’s new train station, the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Kuwait International Airport, and others.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is a striking landmark in the city and impressively underlines the innovative power of one of the world’s leading car manufacturers.
Werner Sobek won the competition for the planning of the building in 2001 together with the architectural firm UNStudio. After a planning and construction period of five years, the museum opened its doors in time for the 2006 World Cup and is still one of the most visited buildings in Stuttgart. Prof. Thomas Winterstetter, project manager for the structural design of the museum and partner of Werner Sobek AG, explains the special features and challenges of planning this unique building.
Could the Kuwait International Airport (Terminal 2) herald the start of the next generation of airports?
Prof. Dr. Lucio Blandini (Managing Director and Partner of Werner Sobek) weighs in on the challenges over the course of the Engineering and Fabrication of the Complex Parametric Structure of the Kuwait International Airport. He further elaborates that the sophisticated design of Kuwait’s International Airport demanded a high level of precision regarding the interaction of complex digital tools, methods and constructional engineering. Due to its size with a considerable edge length of nearly 1,2km, a height of almost 25m, extending to a roof area of 320,000 m2 , the Airport was bound not only to overcome economic constraints, but also ecological constraints in a set time frame without compromising on competitiveness on the market and feasibility. The new terminal which has been designed by Foster + Partner is set for completion by 2022.
The conversion of Stuttgart’s old terminus station into an underground through station is a project of the century.
The defining design feature of the new station is the roof made of white fair-faced concrete, which is supported by chalice-shaped columns. This roof is based on a form-finding process carried out by Christoph Ingenhoven in collaboration with Frei Otto – using soap-skin and suspended models. The complexity of the design as well as the difficult topological boundary conditions pose completely new challenges for planners and contractors. Project manager Angelika Schmid and board member Roland Bechmann from Werner Sobek AG use the example of the goblet supports to explain how the interfaces between design, planning and implementation were made manageable – and what role engineering plays in this.
Adaptive Structures and Facades
On 22 June 2017, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) held a special conference at the ThyssenKrupp Test Tower in Rottweil, Germany. The focus of the conference was on the future of vertical transport in highrise buildings. Werner Sobek’s lecture presented various new developments in the field of adaptive structures that may help towards substantial savings of energy and building materials.
Europe’s Largest Green Facade – K II in Düsseldorf
K II was designed by the architectural firm Ingenhoven. It is the new green centre of Düsseldorf’s city centre. The office and commercial building is planted with over 30,000 hornbeams – an absolute novelty in Europe. The green façade makes an important contribution to improving the microclimate on and in the building: it reduces solar heat gain, stores moisture and reduces ambient noise. In addition, the façade absorbs as much CO2 as 80 large deciduous trees. Florian Starz, team leader at Werner Sobek AG, was responsible for planning the façade. In his interview, he provides an insight into the challenges and special features of this beautiful project.