CTBUH Silver Member

Werner Sobek AG

About

Member Since: 1990

Member Offices: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Istanbul, Moscow, New York City, Stuttgart, Vienna

Website: https://www.wernersobek.com/

Werner Sobek is internationally synonymous with engineering, design, and sustainability. Our company is active across the globe and is home to more than 350 employees. Our staff originates from more than 40 countries and speaks just as many languages. We work on all kinds of structures and materials. We particularly pride ourselves on the sophisticated designs we develop for load-bearing structures, technical building services, and facades. Our aim is to create a built environment that is breathtakingly beautiful while also serving the interests of future generations. We want to make emissions-free structures for more people with less material by producing exceptional designs, innovative structural solutions, and holistic concepts that minimise our impact on the environment.

Werner Sobek collaborates with leading architects such as Christoph Ingenhoven, Barkow Leibinger, Henn, Helmut Jahn, Populous, Sauerbruch Hutton, Ole Scheeren, UNStudio, and Zaha Hadid Architects. We support architects, commissioning clients, contractors, and property developers at every stage of the construction process, ranging from the very first conceptual deliberations right through to execution planning and on-site quality assurance. Our interdisciplinary team also develops unique concepts that draw on our core competencies of engineering, design, and sustainability to create optimal, integrated solutions for a wide spectrum of structures, including specialist projects such as trade fair stands, smaller experimental buildings, and lightweight building envelopes and roofs.

Our company was founded in 1992 by Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek, the firm’s creative mastermind. He brings his considerable expertise to bear in his role as chairman of the organization’s supervisory board. Operational and strategic leadership is provided by the four members of our executive board. Like the vast majority of our management personnel, these executives have all been linked with the company for many years. It is crucial to us that our colleagues feel connected with their firm, so we give key personnel the opportunity to acquire shares in the company themselves. Werner Sobek is proud of being an independent, ‘people-owned’ organisation!

Fields of Expertise

Architecture; Environmental Engineering; Façade Design / Engineering; Structural Engineering; Transportation / Urban Infrastructure

Membership details

Membership Level

Silver

Member Since

1990

Member Offices

  • Berlin

  • Buenos Aires

  • Dubai

  • Frankfurt am Main

  • Hamburg

  • Istanbul

  • Moscow

  • New York City

  • Stuttgart

  • Vienna

Buildings

Rank
Name
Status

Completed

Architecturally Topped Out

Structurally Topped Out

Under Construction

On Hold

Proposed

Vision

Never Completed

Demolished

Competition Entry

Canceled

Proposed Renovation

Under Renovation

Renovated

Under Demolition

Height

1

Nanjing Olympic Suning Tower

419.8 m / 1,377 ft

2

ADNOC Headquarters

342 m / 1,122 ft

3

Al Wasl Tower

300.6 m / 986 ft

4

Grand Tower

283 m / 928 ft

5

Four Seasons Hotel

269.7 m / 885 ft

6

Aufzugstestturm

246 m / 807 ft

7

FOUR Frankfurt 1

228 m / 748 ft

8

DC Tower I

220 m / 722 ft

9

Shanghai Stock Exchange of Shanghai International Financial Center

215 m / 705 ft

10

Iset Tower

209 m / 686 ft

Awards

Post Tower

Winner: Post Tower

10 Year Award 2014

Ctbuh Leaders

Roland Bechmann

Roland Bechmann

CTBUH Regional Representative, 2013 – Present

Stuttgart

Building Completions Timeline

 

Videos

21 October 2018

The Implementation of an Adaptive High-Rise Building

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Research

20 October 2018

Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism

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...

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Global News

28 January 2019

Mixed-Use Complex Proposed for Kiel

MVRDV have released details of their proposed mixed-use complex, designed to redevelop a post-industrial site in Kiel, Germany. The 65,000-square-meter proposal will adopt a flexible...

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Associated companies

Rank
Name
City
Height

1

Doha Convention Center Tower

Doha

551 m

1,808 ft

2

Dancing Dragon Tower 1

Seoul

446 m

1,463 ft

3

Nanjing Olympic Suning Tower

Nanjing

420 m

1,377 ft

4

Dancing Dragon Tower 2

Seoul

378 m

1,240 ft

5

ADNOC Headquarters

Abu Dhabi

342 m

1,122 ft

6

Al Wasl Tower

Dubai

301 m

986 ft

7

Grand Tower

Moscow

283 m

928 ft

8

Four Seasons Hotel

Manama

270 m

885 ft

9

Aufzugstestturm

Rottweil

246 m

807 ft

10

Victory Tower 1

Kiev

229 m

751 ft

11

FOUR Frankfurt 1

Frankfurt am Main

228 m

748 ft

12

DC Tower I

Vienna

220 m

722 ft

13

Shanghai Stock Exchange of Shanghai International Financial Center

Shanghai

215 m

705 ft

14

Iset Tower

Yekaterinburg

209 m

686 ft

15

Southern Bosera Building

Shenzhen

208 m

682 ft

16

Japan Post Tower

Tokyo

200 m

656 ft

17

China Financial Futures Exchange of Shanghai International Financial Center

Shanghai

195 m

640 ft

18

Flame Tower 1

Baku

182 m

596 ft

19

FOUR Frankfurt 2

Frankfurt am Main

172 m

564 ft

20

Cosmopolitan Twarda 2/4

Warsaw

165 m

543 ft

21

Flame Tower 2

Baku

165 m

540 ft

22

Post Turm

Bonn

163 m

533 ft

23

Flame Tower 3

Baku

161 m

528 ft

24

China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation of Shanghai International Financial Center

Shanghai

152 m

499 ft

25

Dubai Frame

Dubai

150 m

492 ft

26

600 North Fairbanks

Chicago

140 m

458 ft

27

Highlight I

Munich

126 m

413 ft

28

FOUR Frankfurt 3

Frankfurt am Main

120 m

394 ft

29

Highlight II

Munich

113 m

371 ft

30

GEWA Tower

Fellbach

107 m

351 ft

31

FOUR Frankfurt 4

Frankfurt am Main

100 m

328 ft

32

ADAC Headquarters

Munich

93 m

305 ft

33

Torre Interbank

Lima

88 m

289 ft

34

OSRAM Lighthouse

Munich

84 m

276 ft

35

SIGN Dusseldorf

Düsseldorf

75 m

247 ft

36

Hegau Tower

Singen

68 m

221 ft

37

KfW Westarkade

Frankfurt am Main

56 m

184 ft

38

Mercury Tower

Saint Julian's

- m

- ft

39

KoolKiel Hotel Tower

Kiel

- m

- ft

40

KoolKiel Office Tower

Kiel

- m

- ft

Statistics

150 m+ Buildings

300 m+ Buildings

Average Building Age*

9 Years

Most Common Function*

Office (55%), 18 Buildings

Most Common Material*

Concrete (48%), 12 Buildings

* Based on 150 m+ buildings currently in the database.

Total: 33 Buildings for which a function has been assigned.
 
Total: 25 Buildings for which a material has been assigned.
 

*Based on 33 Completed & Under Construction Buildings

Building Completions Timeline

 

Construction Time Chart

NOTE: Construction start time is not available for all buildings. The average construction time is only displayed if there is three or more buildings with construction start and complete data in that year.

 

21 October 2018 | Dubai

The Implementation of an Adaptive High-Rise Building

High-rises could be one solution for the future of urban planning. However, due to the increasing global population and the limits of available resources, new...

18 September 2014 | Shanghai

Sustainability Certification as a Tool for Design Optimization

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...

18 September 2014 | Shanghai

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 15 - Q & A

2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 15 Questions & Answers session with speakers Roland Bechmann, Werner Sobek Group; Joost Kuckartz, SODIS LAB; and Weiping Shao, BIAD.

14 November 2013 | London

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

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...

15 July 2013 | London

Is it possible to construct a completely pre-fabricated megatall building (i.e. over 600 meters)?

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,...

11 June 2013 | London

Beyond Green – Engineering High-Rises for Sustainable Cities

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...

20 December 2012 | Chicago

What do you think is the best tall building in existence today, and why?

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...

20 December 2012 | Chicago

What do you think is the single biggest limiting factor that would prevent humanity creating a mile-high?

Industry leaders answering this question include: Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Dr....

20 December 2012 | Chicago

2011 witnessed the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Do you believe tall buildings are now "safe" from terrorism?

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,...

19 September 2012 | Shanghai

Innovative and Sustainable High-Rise Façade Systems in Asia

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...

20 October 2018

Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism

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...

16 September 2014

Sustainability Certification as a Tool for Design Optimization

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...

11 June 2013

The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper

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...

19 September 2012

Innovative and Sustainable High-Rise Façade Systems in Asia

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...

03 March 2008

Sustainable Tall Buildings – Some Introductory Remarks

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...

20 October 2003

Performance Strategies for Highrise Buildings: Tendecies and Developments in Europe

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...

28 January 2019

Mixed-Use Complex Proposed for Kiel

MVRDV have released details of their proposed mixed-use complex, designed to redevelop a post-industrial site in Kiel, Germany. The 65,000-square-meter proposal will adopt a flexible...

28 January 2019

Mixed-Use Complex Proposed for Kiel

MVRDV have released details of their proposed mixed-use complex, designed to redevelop a post-industrial site in Kiel, Germany. The 65,000-square-meter proposal will adopt a flexible...

03 January 2018

Dubai Frame Opens to the Public

Dubai Frame opened to tourists and residents after five years in the making.   Dubai’s newest landmark is now open to the public and allows...

CTBUH Initiatives Involving Werner Sobek AG

CTBUH Berlin Event 2019: Urban Densification

18 September 2019

The latest CTBUH Berlin Event addressed the question of how architects and designers can manage urban densification, while at the same time ensuring high standards of quality.

CTBUH Germany Hosts Symposium on Technical Innovation

22 June 2017

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 March 2017

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 November 2016

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 October 2016

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.

Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One

11 June 2013

See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.

Ctbuh Leaders At Werner Sobek AG

Roland Bechmann

CTBUH Regional Representative, 2013 – Present

Roland Bechmann

Stuttgart