Delivering integrated facade, structural and building services engineering to realise a striking civic building. Image: Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde
The new council headquarters blends with the existing buildings on site, and creates an inviting space for both staff and the general public. Image: Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde
Our strong, streamlined solutions deliver flexible options that allow the building to adapt according to future layout requirements. Image: Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde
NYT Rådhus Bodø
BuroHappold Engineering, in collaboration with Atelier Lauritzen Langkilde, won an open design competition to revitalise the city council premises in Bodø. Over the course of the project, we will restore and upgrade the existing properties, and deliver a new civic headquarters that provides flexible working conditions for staff and a welcoming space for the public.
Both the structural and services engineering aspects of this project presented us with unique challenges. From a structural point of view, the unusual sloped cubic form of the building was complex to achieve, especially given the constraints of what was already a busy site. Our services strategy had to be adaptable to serve a variety of interior spaces, from the vast open plan central atrium to smaller offices and meeting rooms.
By integrating our structural and services designs, we were able to create streamlined, cost effective solutions. Our structural approach comprises a concrete substructure topped with a slim steel frame that will allow services to be distributed at ceiling level, and concrete floors that radiate out from the central atrium.
This strong yet simple concept maximises the available internal floor area, and delivers the flexibility required for the building to adapt to suit differing layout requirements in the future. It also facilitates a quick construction process, which will be vital in the harsh Bodø climate.
Our facade team realised the sloping roof through a design solution that offers maximum insulation and airtightness. This will achieve excellent interior thermal conditions, which our services engineers plan to supplement with controlled air supply for optimum occupant comfort.
As well as uniting all departments under one roof for the first time, the new headquarters will open up a dialogue between the council and the city it serves. The building aims to create open, visual links between the existing properties on site and out over the urban landscape beyond, bridging the gap between old and new, and inviting citizens into the civic realm.
Client: Bodø Kommune
Architect: Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde
Project value: 600 million NOK
Duration: 2014 – ongoing
Services provided by BuroHappold: Structural engineering, building services engineering, facade engineering
The new headquarters aims to unite city and council by creating an inviting shared space in the heart of Bodø
We are also involved in the restoration of the existing buildings on site, which include a listed town hall
Our facade, structural and building services engineers collaborated to create high value, integrated solutions for our client
A central BMS will achieve the best possible indoor climate using the lowest possible amount of energy