This industrial park (GIRA 2) is just 600 m from the GIRA 1 complex built in 2002 in which Werner Sobek collaborated as the structural design engineer. Approximately 266 m in length and with a maximum width of 95 m the whole building complex of the new production centre is divided into four building parts.
Werner Sobek selected the Gira E2 design line to match the entire ensemble because the line's reduced design and clear form ideally suit the interior design concept. The occupants' specifications included a sophisticated energy concept, in addition to maximum convenience in a minimalistic style. It was necessary to ensure that the energy ...
Services by Werner Sobek Structural engineering (WP 1 − 6 acc. to HOAI) Building physics, energy relevant simulation (WP 1 − 8 acc. to HOAI) GFA 30,640 m². Client GIRA, Radevormwald/Germany. Photography Jan Bitter, Berlin/Germany
Over the period from 1998 until 2000 the headquarters of Düsseldorf’s savings bank were completely renovated and extended. Werner Sobek carried out the engineering of all the special steel/glass structures. Among these are, for instance, a 170 m long glass wall which partially functions as a facade for venting waste air from the building, as well as a 12 m high glass canopy on the roof of the building …
The architect and engineer Werner Sobek took over from Frei Otto as head of the Institute for Lightweight Structures (IL) in 1994 and in 2000 followed his mentor, the engineer Jörg Schlaich, as Head of the Institute for Construction and Design as well. He then merged the two institutes into a single one: the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), which he still heads up today.
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