The spherical conference room on top of the building is made up of composite panels supported by a metal substructure.
The spherical conference room on top of the building is made up of composite panels supported by a metal substructure.
Analysis of a composite panel.
Analysis of a composite panel.

The 16-story skyscraper in Ashgabat has a 26 m diameter spherical conference room at its top, decorated with a map of the world made using mosaic tiles. Gurit worked with the main contractor, Bouygues International, to deliver a composite design for this sphere complying with the challenging technical brief and the tight schedule.

The sphere is made of more than 300 double curvature composite panels bolted together and supported by a metal substructure. Thanks to the use of sandwich technology, the weight of the panels was kept low, ensuring quick, easy installation on site.

Gurit carried out a detailed thermal analysis to ensure that the composite panels would handle the temperatures faced in the region, which can vary by up to 60°C.

Gurit also provided 'on-call' daily support during the design and construction phase to ensure the project would be delivered on time.