EXPO 2017 Astana

EXPO 2017 took place in Kazakhstan‘s capital, Astana. Winner of the international architectural competition for the EXPO site was the Chicago-based consultancy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill. Werner Sobek advised the winning team on aspects of structural engineering and sustainability. After the exhibition, all the buildings proposed by Smith + Gill can be changed, disassembled or converted, that is, a demolition of the buildings is not required. Overall, the general layout and buildings were designed using the principles of environmentally, economically and socially sustainable design.

At its heart, Expo City featured the sustainable development’s centerpiece: the Kazakh Pavilion. Visitors were enthralled by its transformative skin that reduced thermal loss and interior solar glare, while a host of integrated systems, including photovolatics, improved the building’s energy output.


Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago/USA

Planning time
2013 − 2015

Construction time
2014 − 2016

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering
Facade engineering
Conversion concept
Site supervision

430,000 m²

Sembol Construction, Astana/Kazakhstan

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


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