Facade engineering

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.

BuroHappold 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. BuroHappold 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.


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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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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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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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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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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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

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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Artemide HQ - Copyright Studio Carlotta de Bevilacqua

Project

15/10/2013

BuroHappold has been appointed engineer for the new Artemide Headquarters, in Pregnana Milanese, Italy. The new building will be situated in a complex environment, close to the new high speed rail network and the A1 motorway, one...

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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

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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