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Featured Buildings Involving Werner Sobek Group

ADAC Headquarters

ADAC Headquarters, Munich

ADAC is instantly recognizable for the playful color pattern of its curtain walls, but from a structural and environmental standpoint, this is a building that means serious business.

ADNOC Headquarters

ADNOC Headquarters, Abu Dhabi

ADNOC Headquarters, situated next to the Arabian Gulf, was designed to allow occupants flexibility in physical space as well as optimal views of the coastline.

DC Towers

DC Towers, Vienna

The first of the two towers in this waterside complex was completed in 2014 as the tallest building in Austria at 220 meters tall.

Hegau Tower

Hegau Tower, Singen

The simplicity of form and elegance of this all glass prism are pristinely executed. What sets this tower apart however, are the automatic sunshades on the south west façade.

KfW Westarkade

KfW Westarkade, Frankfurt am Main

Already being touted as one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world, KfW Westarkade stands out as a shining example of an environmentally-responsible project.

Post Tower

Post Tower, Bonn

Post Tower is a forward-looking high-rise for the 21st century: formally, technically, and ecologically advanced, and offering a high-quality work environment.

About Werner Sobek Group

Werner Sobek stands throughout the world for engineering, design, and sustainability. The firm has offices in Stuttgart, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Moscow, and New York.

The work of Werner Sobek is defined by premium design on the basis of high-class engineering combined with sophisticated green technologies. Founded in 1992, the studio now has more than 220 employees, that work on all types of buildings and materials. Special emphasis lies on lightweight structural design, transparent facade systems, and sustainable building concepts.

The company was founded by Prof. Werner Sobek. He is an architect, consulting engineer, proof engineer for all fields of structural engineering, and holds various licenses, e.g. a Structural Engineering License for Illinois. From 2008 until 2014 he was also a Mies van der Rohe Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

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Werner Sobek Group at CTBUH

CTBUH Germany Hosts Symposium on Technical Innovation

CTBUH Germany Hosts Symposium on Technical Innovation

22 Jun 2017, Event Report – CTBUH Germany held a symposium to discuss the role of technical and technological…

What is the Future of Berlin’s Urban Development?

What is the Future of Berlin’s Urban Development?

29 Mar 2017, Event Report – CTBUH and CallisonRTKL, a design consultancy of Arcadis, organized a debate to…

CTBUH Meeting Frankfurt

CTBUH Meeting Frankfurt

28 Nov 2016, Event Report – A preparatory meeting for the creation of a CTBUH Germany Chapter was held on the…

Werner Sobek Group at CTBUH

CTBUH Germany Hosts Symposium on Technical Innovation
22 Jun 2017, Rottweil – Event Report
CTBUH Germany held a symposium to discuss the role of technical and technological innovation and its effect on the various disciplines within the construction industry.
What is the Future of Berlin’s Urban Development?
29 Mar 2017, Berlin – Event Report
CTBUH and CallisonRTKL, a design consultancy of Arcadis, organized a debate to discuss the future of development in Berlin and the role of the tall building.
CTBUH Meeting Frankfurt
28 Nov 2016, Frankfurt am Main – Event Report
A preparatory meeting for the creation of a CTBUH Germany Chapter was held on the 7th floor of the TaunusTurm in Frankfurt, kindly sponsored by Werner Sobek.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Werner Sobek Presents on Engineering High-Rises for Sustainable Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Conference Video and PPT
High-rise buildings make an important contribution in the design of sustainable cities – provided they are planned accordingly and with a holistic perspective. In this context, the design of structural systems and façades make a vital contribution…
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.

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Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek

CTBUH Country Representative, 2010 – 2013
Stuttgart, Germany

Roland Bechmann

Roland Bechmann

CTBUH Regional Representative, 2013 – Present
Stuttgart, Germany

Holger Hinz

Holger Hinz

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
Stuttgart, Germany

CTBUH Leaders at Werner Sobek Group

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek

CTBUH Country Representative, 2010 – 2013
Stuttgart, Germany

Roland Bechmann

Roland Bechmann

CTBUH Regional Representative, 2013 – Present
Stuttgart, Germany

Holger Hinz

Holger Hinz

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
Stuttgart, Germany

Thomas Winterstetter

Thomas Winterstetter

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2012

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CTBUH Resources Involving Werner Sobek Group

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Sustainability Certification as a Tool for Design Optimization

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Roland Bechmann, Werner Sobek Group

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 15 - Q & A

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Panel Questions & Answers

What are the conditions that would justify a tall building's demolition, rather than renovation?

Nov 2013 – Monthly Video Series
Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Bob Lang, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics and Political Science; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects

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Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism

Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV
CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers

Sustainability Certification as a Tool for Design Optimization

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
Roland Bechmann, Thomas Thuemmler & Christiane Ditzen, Werner Sobek Group

The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper

Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II
Viewpoints: The London Conference

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Videos

Sustainability Certification as a Tool for Design Optimization
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Roland Bechmann, Werner Sobek Group
The presentation examines the performance of high-rise buildings according to two green building / sustainability rating tools. It reviews the potential these tools have for improving the performance of high-rise buildings, both with regard to the…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 15 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 15 Questions & Answers session with speakers Roland Bechmann, Werner Sobek Group; Joost Kuckartz, SODIS LAB; and Weiping Shao, BIAD.
What are the conditions that would justify a tall building's demolition, rather than renovation?
Nov 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Bob Lang, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics and Political Science; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects
Industry leaders answering this question include: Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Bob Lang, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics and Political Science; and Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects.
Is it possible to construct a completely pre-fabricated megatall building (i.e. over 600 meters)?
Jul 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Zhang Yue, Ch
Industry leaders answering this question include: Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; and Zhang Yue…
Beyond Green – Engineering High-Rises for Sustainable Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group
High-rise buildings make an important contribution in the design of sustainable cities – provided they are planned accordingly and with a holistic perspective. In this context, the design of structural systems and façades make a vital contribution.…
What do you think is the best tall building in existence today, and why?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies;Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton…
What do you think is the single biggest limiting factor that would prevent humanity creating a mile-high?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Engineers; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Toby Blunt,…
2011 witnessed the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Do you believe tall buildings are now "safe" from terrorism?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Michael Kwok, Arup; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Michael Kwok, Arup; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Dominic Bettison, Wilkinson Eyre; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Louisa Hutton,…
Innovative and Sustainable High-Rise Façade Systems in Asia
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Thomas Winterstetter, Werner Sobek Group
The variety of architectural ideas, the need to save energy and the specific demands of high-rise construction, different locations, locally available construction techniques and climate conditions require customized solutions. Current Asian projects…
Track 11: Façade as Climate Moderator Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Presentation Questions & Answers
The Track 11 panel consisting of Henk de Bleecker, Permasteelisa Group; Thomas Winterstetter, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Bolin, Syska Hennessey; Russell Gilchrist, Gensler, answer questions from the delegates.
Interview: Engineering the KfW Westarkade
3 Nov 2011 – 2011 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group
Werner Sobek is founder of Werner Sobek Group, one of the world’s leading engineering consultancies. He speaks on sustainability and lightweight structures as well as his contribution to KfW Westarkade in Frankfurt, which is the 2011 Best Tall…

Papers/Research

Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers
As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal lines, with several central business districts, ideally all offering something…
Sustainability Certification as a Tool for Design Optimization
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Roland Bechmann, Thomas Thuemmler & Christiane Ditzen, Werner Sobek Group
The paper examines the performance of high-rise buildings according to two green building / sustainability rating tools. It reviews the potential these tools have for improving the performance of high-rise buildings, both with regard to the design…
The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Viewpoints: The London Conference
European architecture is at a crossroads. Its commercial and environmental realities are driving buildings ever-higher, but not all are convinced. In this article – contributed by various speakers at the London Conference – we ask: What is special…
Innovative and Sustainable High-Rise Façade Systems in Asia
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Thomas Winterstetter, Werner Sobek & Benjamin Beer, Werner Sobek Group
This paper presents modern optimized high rise facade systems on outstanding projects in the Far East and Central Asia. The variety of architectural ideas, the need to save energy and the specific demands of high rise construction, different…
Sustainable Tall Buildings – Some Introductory Remarks
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Werner Sobek & Heiko Trumpf, Werner Sobek Group
This paper considers the basic requirements needed to achieve truly sustainable buildings. It discusses possible ways of modifying the cooperation between all project partners responsible for the implementation of a green design.
Performance Strategies for Highrise Buildings: Tendecies and Developments in Europe
Oct 2003 – CTBUH / CIB Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; Nobert Rehle & Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Ingenieure
This paper focuses on consequences of a presumed collapse for the design of high-rise buildings in Europe. Some recently developed high-rise buildings in Germany will be presented to exemplify that there needs to be no contradiction between a safe…

Werner Sobek Group Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 10 Completed5 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed1 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 6 Years
Most Common Function office, 9 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 6 Buildings
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All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.