EXPO 2017 Astana

The World Expo 2017 took place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Its motto was “Future Energy: Action for Global Sustainability”. It addressed energy supply in developing countries as well as the transition from fossil to renewable energies.

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 (US)

Planning time
2013 − 2015

Construction time
2014 − 2016

Services by Werner Sobek

  • Structural engineering
  • Facade engineering
  • Conversion concept
  • Site supervision
  • BIM discipline coordination
    (Demand planning; Variant studies; Visualisation; Analysis, simulation and verification; Derivation of drawings and documents; Quantity take off and cost analysis/estimation)

430,000 m²

Sembol Construction, Astana (KZ)

Andreas Keller, Altdorf (DE)
Nikolay Kazakov, Karlsruhe (DE)


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