What transforms a creative space into a cultural hub?
Every client wants a cultural space that is at once wonderful and workable, awe-inspiring and effective. It has to work on both an artistic and commercial level, so whether you are creating a brand new theatre or reworking a warehouse into a cutting-edge gallery, BuroHappold Engineering can help create your vision. With decades of experience, our engineering and planning consultants will create a space that works for all users; staff, performers, visitors and the audience.
The Riverside Museum of Transport in Glasgow helped regenerate a whole district. St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn acts as a creative hub for new and established performers as well as the local community. A former greenfield site, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas, is viewed as a cultural icon of the future. Different buildings, different challenges, but by using BuroHappold’s expertise, we have created cultural hubs that enrich the landscape and add value to the local community surrounding them.
From easing visitor flow and improving access at the Natural History Museum, to developing a flexible performance space at The Factory, Manchester, BuroHappold consultants will work with you on every level, offering innovative solutions from everything from acoustics to air conditioning. We understand that outstanding cultural centres stem from great vision. We have the expertise and flexibility to help you achieve this.
SERVICES WE OFFER IN THE CULTURAL SECTOR
Feasibility and economic viability assessments
People flow studies and wayfinding
Transport and access assessments
Civil, Structural and facade design
Building environmental, mechanical and electrical engineering
Acoustics, lighting and building services engineering
Fire, security and technology services
Post occupancy evaluation
REALISING A WORLD CLASS WORK OF ART
Louvre Abu Dhabi is the jewel in the crown of Saadiyat Island’s cultural district, providing a unique and inspiring exhibition space for some of the world’s most valuable artwork. Key to the design is the vast domed roof, comprising eight layers that allow light to permeate through to create a ‘rain of light’ effect in the galleries below. Supported on only four points, the roof also allows for an uninterrupted flow of visitors through the gallery and creates a contained microclimate that promotes low energy conditioning.
THE LEGENDS OF THE
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to pay a glittering tribute to the work of Hollywood stars past and present. BuroHappold is providing integrated engineering services on this project, which will see the historic May Company building renovated to create immersive exhibition galleries, movie theatres, educational studios and event spaces. A soaring, spherical glass dome will be built adjacent to the existing structure, adding a dash of visual drama in tribute to the film industry that the Museum celebrates.
Featuring a museum, theatre and open air public forum, the new Museum of Modern Art is the largest cultural development in Poland’s recent history. Designed and engineered to establish greater connection between the public, art and performance, the museum building will be accessible from all sides. Our structural engineers are providing elegant solutions to realise the minimalist architecture, and our MEP team the streamlined services required to deliver internal conditions that sustain audience attention and engagement.
The striking concept for a complex of five amorphous buildings of KACWC, which together resemble a rock mass in the middle of the desert, presented our experts with a number of opportunities to flex their creativity. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our unique facade design, which wraps the building in pre-curved titanium tubes to create a glossy, reflective shell that cocoons the internal spaces.
FOR A NEW
Xiqu Centre, Hong Kong
The Xiqu Centre features a 1,050-seat Grand Theatre suspended above the public ground floor, the main 1,100 seat auditorium is isolated from vibration to achieve the exceptional acoustic quality required for a world class performance space. Our experts collaborated with the wider design team to deliver the entire project in a digital BIM environment. This enabled us to resolve and coordinate every aspect of the building design to deliver dynamic spaces that can adapt to host a range of international arts programmes.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
BuroHappold has lots of really talented individuals. When you work with them, you feel like you are tapping into people that are interested in and are specialists in their fields. You get the sense that they invest in research and innovation and so have lots to draw upon. When designing, they are forward-looking and explore the options. This gives you confidence.
Carol Lelliott, Partner, Nicholas Hare Architects