Facades

The building envelope is a critical area of a building’s design, with the facade engineer playing a vital role in bringing the architect’s vision to life. New cladding materials and processing techniques are continually being developed in the search for better facade performance, making the design and procurement of the building envelope a highly technical and complex process – yet one that is still immensely creative.

Buro Happold advises clients on the best way to develop, design and procure the building envelope, using our knowledge of the full supply chain to provide high level technical advice across the whole design process, including the choice of materials and systems. Our aim is to achieve a cost-effective, viable design solution that provides top performance at the lowest possible risk.

The facade makes a major contribution to the sustainability of a building, influencing both energy efficiency and the quality of the internal climate. It is also an integral part of the building’s aesthetic, complementing the structural form and defining its visual impact on the urban environment. Buro Happold uses a rigorous methodology to resolve the inter-connected issues involved in efficient facade design and detailing.

Our facade engineers work closely with other members of the project team to bring the benefits of high-level technical knowledge to the design of the envelope. With sustainability now a key regulatory requirement, we carefully analyse the environmental ‘behaviour’ of different facade designs using advanced techniques such as thermal modelling, wind analysis, acoustic design, solar and glare studies.

This rigorous assessment enables us to design a facade that is appropriate for both the building and the locale. Combining our practical knowledge of natural ventilation, shading and daylighting systems with environmental factors such as solar gain, wind flow and weather proofing we are able to deliver well built, high performance facades that provide superb occupant comfort with much reduced energy and running costs.

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Project

09/01/2014

Located on a 93-acre site, Baylor University McLane Stadium will hold 45,000 spectators, with the flexibility to expand to 55,000, and features a bridge crossing the Brazos River connecting the stadium to the campus. In addition...

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Buro Happold

News

14/11/2013

Ahead of its official opening by the Queen, The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester has been declared the most environmentally friendly new build in the world. One Angel Square has been awarded a score of 95.16%;...

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Buro Happold

Project

15/01/2013

The Brunswick, formerly known as the Brunswick Centre, is a Grade II Listed, mixed use, low rise, high density urban development within a concrete and glass megastructure. Comprising retail units, cinema, social housing and car parking, the Brunswick is one of London’s iconic buildings from the 1960s and is a 2008 winner of The Civic Trust Awards.

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Buro Happold

Project

23/04/2012

Opened to the public in 2011, the Museum of Liverpool is one of the world’s leading city history museums and the largest newly created national museum in the UK for over a hundred years. Situated alongside the Three Graces in Liverpool’s historic waterfront setting, it will showcase Liverpool’s social history and popular culture while setting a global benchmark for other museums of its kind.

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Buro Happold

Project

10/01/2012

Buro Happold, along with HOK and Parsons Brinkerhoff, are designing the major new transit center in downtown Anaheim that’s envisioned as a hub for California’s future high-speed rail network, as well as for Amtrak, commuter rail and other regional transit lines. The station will accommodate passenger arrivals, departures and transfers with supporting retail, restaurants and passenger services within the building. Buro Happold is providing MEP engineering, complete enclosure and facade rationalization, BIM modeling, energy modeling, daylighting, lighting simulation, and sustainability and LEED consultancy.

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Buro Happold

Project

23/11/2011

The New Doha International Airport (NDIA), located in Doha, Qatar, will serve as the official gateway to the Middle East and set the benchmark in airport service standards, efficiency, and passenger convenience. Opening...

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Buro Happold

Project

12/05/2011

2013 will be seen as a significant year for the City of Birmingham with the opening of Britain's biggest ever public library. Situated in the heart of the city adjacent to Centenary Square, the new complex will replace the...

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Buro Happold

Event

03/04/2014

Sanjeev Tankha, a facades leader based in Buro Happold's Los Angeles office, will present Introduction to ARTIC as part of AIA Orange County's COTE Lecture Series. Alongside HOK's Ernest...

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Harvard Tozzer Library

Project

10/02/2014

The 35,000 gsf Tozzer Library project consists of the renovation and expansion of the existing Tozzer Library located on the Harvard University campus. This project allows for the consolidation of the Anthropology Department...

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Q22, Warsaw, Poland
Buro Happold

Project

Q22

28/01/2014

Designed by the famous Polish architectural office, Kuryłowicz & Associates, and commissioned by leading Polish investor Echo, this 155 metre tall high rise will offer 50,000m2 of leasable office space....

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Buro Happold

News

14/11/2013

Delivering BREEAM outstanding One Angel Square was designed to a demanding target of BREEAM Outstanding and supporting the environmental strategy was a commitment to ensure the structure was truly carbon efficient. The...

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Buro Happold

News

04/11/2013

College football has long served as a nexus of campus life, bringing together students, alumni and the broader community. At Baylor University a new stadium, scheduled to open next fall, takes this idea to new levels. Set...

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News

29/08/2013

Following five years of planning, design and construction the new Library of Birmingham is due to open to the public. Appointed in 2008 Buro Happold has been a key member of the design team, that created this state of the art new...

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Buro Happold

News

13/06/2013

In April, opening day visitors to Partners Healthcare's new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston were greeted with light-filled, state-of-the-art facilities, which the Boston Globe commended as "emblematic of the...

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Torre Iberdrola

News

13/05/2013

Comprehensive sustainability design strategies earned Torre Iberdrola a LEED Platinum rating, the first in Europe for a high rise structure.

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One World Trade Center Beacon
Buro Happold

News

03/05/2013

The specialized expertise of Buro Happold’s New York facades team was on full display as the 408 ft steel spire set to crown One World Trade Center was hoisted atop the tower.

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The Rep Lo B

News

30/04/2013

The base build construction for the new £188 million Library of Birmingham is now reaching completion, following the final commissioning of the energy and life safety systems. With the inspiring aspiration...

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Buro Happold

News

08/04/2013

Buro Happold was part of a multidisciplinary team that celebrated the official opening of the new double LEED Platinum facility for GlaxoSmithKline at Philadelphia's Navy Yard with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April...

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Buro Happold

News

29/03/2013

Buro Happold New York's Structures and Facades team's innovative structural and façade design strategies have been utilized on projects around the world and the team's expertise has recently been acknowledged in a number of...

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Buro Happold

Project

04/05/2011

Situated in Birmingham’s flourishing and vibrant Westside district, The Cube stands elevated and proud on an ever-evolving skyline. Inspired by the area’s origins as a jewellery quarter, this £76M high-end, mixed-use development...

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One Angel Square
Buro Happold

Project

04/05/2011

Part of the British high street since 1863, the Co-op is the UK’s largest mutual retailer with a turnover of over £13 billion. In 2009 the retailer commissioned a new 400,000 sq ft, 16 storey head office building in Manchester to...

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