Design on demand
BuroHappold Engineering was invited by Apple to transform four storeys within an existing commercial building in the heart of Munich into state of the art offices for its employees. Accommodation includes open plan meeting and social areas, private offices, conference rooms of various sizes, and a large roof canteen with terrace.
We have worked with Apple on a number of previous projects, which include the company’s flagship store in Covent Garden and, most recently, its new premises in the renovated Battersea Power Station. Because of this established relationship, Apple knew that we understood their corporate requirements and that we could interpret them for implementation in the German market.
Our building services specialists are no strangers to adapting and fitting out existing spaces to suit our client’s needs. The main challenge with this project was that the design phase was running in parallel with construction, which meant our engineers had to think on their feet in a fast-track and highly demanding environment.
Our engineers thrive under pressure, and responded with creativity to the challenge of delivering high performance, energy efficient and functional designs on demand. As there was little time to create physical drawings, we spent a great deal of time on site coordinating the contractors to ensure we achieved high specifications and overall quality for our client.
Being present in this way also meant that we were able to respond to the architectural changes that took place during construction then and there, delivering last minute solutions on site in the form of hand sketches to guide the contractors and deliver practical solutions. All at no extra cost to Apple.
Our presence on site was invaluable to the success of this project. We were on hand to support the Apple local team throughout construction, adapting the ongoing stream of design changes initiated by remote teams in the UK and Ireland into workable solutions on site. Although we were forced to work reactively, we rose to the challenge – transforming a tired single-occupancy space into a dynamic multi-tenancy hub that provides the Apple community with a high performance and enjoyable work environment.
Services and approach
When we integrate our specialist teams around an approach, the benefits to the client multiply