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Working with 105 different cultural institutions across 15 countries
58 venues used by 30 million people annually
Building the cultural infrastructure of the future
17/18 has been another great year for BuroHappold in the cultural sector, designing and delivering great cultural experiences in cities around the world. This is a sector we want to grow significantly over the next five years, with an increasing focus on strengthening long term relationships, both with client and design architects.
Long-term relationships matter. Our cultural sector team recognise that by maintaining close ties with clients over a long period of time, we can add even more value and also cement our reputation as trusted, experienced advisors.
Key relationships are built through continuity and time. By advising our clients on strategic planning and asset management as well as capital projects, we show our commitment to adding engineering value to their ambitions. We help our clients understand the extent and condition of their estate both from an engineering services perspective and from visitor experience feedback, so they can properly plan their strategic investment. Museums and cultural districts are often amalgams of old and new buildings, built campus-style over a long period of time. It is vital that these assets are managed effectively, which is where our expert engineers can advise.
As well as maintaining estates, our consultants and engineers are also increasingly advising cultural venues on maximising the performance of their existing buildings. Cultural institutions are amassing more and more data on their visitor experience through customer feedback. We are using our analytics technology to unlock that data and helping our clients understand where they can invest to improve that visitor experience. Our expert team helps clients not only optimise their existing buildings but also plan new ones.
Confidence is strong. Our work spans the globe, with projects that range from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA, to the Nuremberg Concert Hall in Germany, to the Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong. We are using our engineering skills to support the strategic decision makers, as cities continue to invest in their cultural infrastructure. for example, helping the Barbican to develop the business case for the new Centre for Music in London.
This forms part of The Culture Mile, a ‘masterplan’ that links up a host of cultural venues, including the Museum of London at Smithfield, the Barbican, St Paul’s, and Tate Modern. We are helping these institutions make a bigger impact as part of a larger plan, using our analytical skills to help them improve that interconnectivity and the visitor experience between the buildings.
Our passion for the cultural sector continues to grow across the practice. By adding more relationships, we will continue to grow this sector.