The World Expo 2017 took place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The winner of the international architectural competition to design the exhibition architecture was the well-known architectural firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill from Chicago. Werner Sobek advised the winning team on aspects of structural engineering and the sustainability concept. In justifying their decision, the jury particularly praised the reusability and recyclability of the selected design.
Kazakh Pavilion – Centrepiece of EXPO 2017
The centrepiece of Expo City was the Kazakh Pavilion – a spherical, glazed steel structure with wind turbines integrated into the building. An adaptive facade optimises the energy balance of the building and contributes significantly to the comfort of the interior.
After the World Expo, the Expo buildings were partially converted into office buildings.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago/USA
2013 − 2015
2014 − 2016
Services by Werner Sobek
Sembol Construction, Astana/Kazakhstan
Andreas Keller, Altdorf/Germany
Nikolay Kazakov, Karlsruhe/Germany