Culture

Cultural spaces challenge the average, the everyday and the ordinary: often iconic and invaluable to their communities, cultural buildings need to engage, accommodate and inspire visitors from across the globe. Our work in culture exemplifies the meeting of artistic vision with engineering flair delivering projects that are fascinating, striking and technically accomplished.

Our commitment to creative thinking, to investigating the new and the unexpected and to pioneering new technology makes us the ideal partner for developing ground breaking cultural spaces. With the benefit of decades of experience combined with a dedication to innovation, our work in the sector explores the future of new buildings and unlocks the potential in historic ones. From designing the seating in theatres and developing the perfect acoustic performance, to modelling visitor flow and improving access, our approach is holistic.

Our cultural spaces can be inspirational, personal, invigorating, epic…but always remarkable, both artistically and commercially.


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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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Theatres Trust Conference
Buro Happold

Event

14/03/2014

Buro Happold representatives, Stephen Jolly and Andrew Wylie will be attending the Theatres Trust’s 8th annual conference, entitled Community Theatres. Buro Happold will also be a Gallery Sponsor at the conference, held on 28th...

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Buro Happold

News

20/02/2014

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz were welcomed by the Buro Happold team in the historical city of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.   The Atturaif district in Riyadh and Diriyah w

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Y magazine - Issue two
Buro Happold

News

02/12/2013

What image do you conjure up in your mind if we say the word ‘engineer’ to you? Stereotypical responses cover anything from a backroom geek or hands-on practitioner, to dashing larger than life orchestrators of the great leaps...

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Buro Happold

News

02/12/2013

Buro Happold has won the competition to design the new visitor centre for Hammershus, one of Denmark’s most important and ancient monuments.  Buro Happold, in partnership with architects Arkitema and Professor Christoffer...

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Zaryadye Park - Copyright Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Buro Happold

News

14/11/2013

Buro Happold has won the international design competition for the new cultural centre and city centre landscape for Zaryadye Park in Moscow, working as engineering designers with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hargreaves...

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Shrimp Boat - Copyright Tim Carruthers
Buro Happold

News

25/09/2013

The Changing Course competition, with the support and participation of the State of Louisiana and the US Army Corps of Engineers, seeks to develop approaches that demonstrate how, over time, the Mississippi River’s water...

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Buro Happold

News

05/09/2013

Buro Happold's Los Angeles office is pleased to announce two of its projects have received the prestigious 2013 American Architecture Award from the

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Time for timber
Buro Happold

Blog

23/08/2013

As forests are capable of absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide as they grow, they are of key importance in our fight to reduce the effects of climate change and are known as carbon sinks.  However recently, an article in...

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Buro Happold

News

22/08/2013

Buro Happold is delighted to have been featured in Construction Week’s Power 50 listing, as one of the Middle East's leading MEP consultants. You can read what the publication had to say below, or to find out more...

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Buro Happold

News

14/08/2013

At its most exciting level, structural engineering is about making the seemingly impossible, possible. From the Pantheon’s concrete dome to the Golden Gate Bridge, for centuries engineers have navigated programmatic demands...

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Buro Happold

News

14/08/2013

Buro Happold, as part of a design team with Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) and Fabric Images, has taken first place in a competition sponsored by Volvo Car Italia and The Plan magazine to create a pavilion for...

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Rob Whent
Buro Happold

Blog

06/08/2013

Who is Rob Whent? I’m a health & safety (H&S) and environmental management professional, an advanced driving instructor and if that’s not enough I can stand on one leg for two minutes whilst whistling the British national...

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Buro Happold

Blog

12/07/2013

Ramadan started in the Middle East on Wednesday (10th July) after the moon sighting committee had spotted the crescent moon and it will last for 29 or...

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Buro Happold

News

11/07/2013

We are delighted to announce that three of Buro Happold’s UK based projects have received recognition at the recent Structural Steel Design Awards. A fantastic night was capped off for our structures team as they picked up...

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Buro Happold

Blog

25/04/2013

On 19 April 2013 Buro Happold hosted more than 80 guests in our new Beijing office in Jian Wai SOHO. The Beijing business was launched publicly in July 2011 with the announcement of our role on the Jin Bao Street redevelopment...

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Bath Abbey 2
Buro Happold

Blog

08/04/2013

The construction of Bath Abbey began in 1499 and is regarded as one of England’s finest medieval churches

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Copernicus Science Centre
Buro Happold

Project

19/02/2013

Situated on the banks of the River Vistula, the mission of  the Copernicus Science Centre, Poland’s most modern education and cultural centre is to inspire curiosity, support learning and make science more accessible and comprehensible to a wider audience.

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Happold Consulting

Project

15/11/2012

Ad’Diriyyah represents a series of stunning historic oasis settlements situated in Wadi Hanifah, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The site is both the location for the founding of modern Saudi Arabia as well as the birth of the Wahab school of Islam (the “Oneness Movement”).

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Happold Consulting

Project

15/11/2012

Jeddah is facing the challenge of sustainably managing its growth for the coming 20 years. During this period, the city will be required to create nearly 1.2 million new jobs and develop around 50,000 new homes per every year.

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Buro Happold

Project

26/07/2012

The Cutty Sark cuts a dramatic outline on the bank of the River Thames; an iconic reminder of Britain’s proud maritime history and the importance of the sea in the country’s economic development. Following a colourful past, then years of neglect, a comprehensive programme of conservation began in 2004, and has seen the biggest overhaul of the Grade I listed landmark for 50 years. In addition, plans were drawn up for the development of a new event venue designed to play a major role in securing an ongoing income which would protect the Cutty Sark for the enjoyment of future visitors for years to come.

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Buro Happold

Project

28/05/2012

The Heartlands Project will bring together sound sustainable design principles to showcase a low carbon development and be a leader of sustainability in the UK through celebration of its heritage and being a catalyst for regeneration

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Buro Happold

Video

13/05/2012

Crystal Bridges
Buro Happold

Video

27/10/2011

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Buro Happold

Project

26/05/2011

In March 2007, the Tourist Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi announced that a new Louvre Museum would be completed in the city of Abu Dhabi. The new museum’s dramatic domed roof is undoubtedly the strongest feature...

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Buro Happold

Project

26/05/2011

The new Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, is located on a dramatic site at the point where two rivers, the Clyde and the Kelvin meet, close to Glasgow Harbour. As well as providing a permanent home for collections not previously on public display, the new museum exhibits the contents of the old Glasgow Museum previously held at Kelvin Hall. Kelvin Hall was the second most visited attraction of its type in the UK, with half a million visitors a year, so the new Riverside Museum is well placed to become a world-class cultural destination.

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Buro Happold

Project

26/05/2011

Inspired by folklore, the Polish Pavilion has a striking façade that features a number of inclined surfaces designed to resemble folded paper, cut out in a folk art design. Reflecting the main theme of the Expo – ‘Better City,...

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Buro Happold

Project

11/05/2011

Redefining historical cultural spaces requires a certain set of skills: vision, perception and a delicate touch. The redevelopment of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre included the creation of a 1,030 seat auditorium with a thrust...

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Culture Capability Statement

Sector Director

Buro Happold

Stephen Jolly

Partner


Regional leaders

UK

Buro Happold

Ian Maddocks

Partner


Northern Europe

Buro Happold

Rod Manson

Partner

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North America

Buro Happold

Denzil Gallagher

Principal


Asia-Pacific

Buro Happold

David Littler

Director


Middle East

Buro Happold

Oliver Plunkett

Partner