Towards the end of the year, we’ve selected 7 significant milestones from the last 12 months from Buro Happold projects around the world.
1. Varso Tower: EU’s tallest building completed
Forming the focal point of Warsaw’s skyline and forming the cornerstone of the flagship Verso Place development, the Verso Tower will be the tallest building in the European Union and a very popular destination for businesses, residents and tourists. It’s a schedule.
53-story mixed-use tower houses 70,000m of housing2 There are various spaces, including offices, a restaurant near the top of the building, two observation decks, and a café venue on the ground floor. An 80-meter spire supports the tower’s dynamic form. This landmark project will enliven the center of Warsaw as a center of commercial activity and one of Europe’s most dynamic capitals.
A key challenge for the Buro Happold team was the proximity of the site to downtown downtown streets, existing buildings and the main train station. Problems caused by the site conditions, such as track vibration, had to be resolved, and the railway tunnel under construction had to be safely used.
2. Battersea Power Station: Historic Building Open to the Public
In October, the historic Battersea Power Station opened to the public. The Grade II* listed structure has been sympathetically transformed into his vibrant 21st century destination as part of the revitalization of this £9 billion, 42 acre former brownfield site.
The overarching vision is to create a place where locals and tourists alike enjoy a unique blend of shops, bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, parks and historic spaces. It is an important catalyst for development.
Buro Happold played a key role in many of the large 7-phase projects (from concept to detailed design) and played a key role in orchestrating the regeneration that incorporates a series of new buildings by world-class architecture. Offer one. architect.
3. Orange County Museum of Art reopens
new 52,000ft2 The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) opened this year. Conceived as a cultural icon for the area, it replaces the existing facility of the museum in Newport Beach and is adjacent to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in nearby Costa Mesa.
Buro Happold, who provides both building service engineering and structural engineering consultancy, has defined an approach that reconciles the need to reduce energy use with the desirability of long-term collection preservation.
Designed to connect indoor and outdoor spaces in a flexible and functional way, the building has a main floor dedicated to reconfigurable open-span exhibition spaces. Complementing the area are mezzanine and streetfront galleries that can accommodate a variety of exhibitions spanning scales and media, outdoor exhibition spaces, and a bold curve towards the museum’s entrance to encourage active movement. It’s a big staircase.
4. EDGE Suedkreuz: Germany’s largest wood hybrid project completed
Located near the Südkreuz station in Berlin’s Schöneberg district, this distinctive building was developed by EDGE Technologies with the intention of creating 39,000 square meters of office space for German energy supplier Vattenfall. It consists of two office buildings of six floors each and a connected underground car park complete with charging stations for electric vehicles.
In line with Vattenfall’s corporate strategy and EDGE Technologies’ corporate strategy, sustainability was essential from the beginning of the project. The aim was to reduce the building’s carbon footprint, use sustainable and healthy materials, and take into account the well-being of future residents. The modular timber hybrid construction method was an important part of achieving this and was integrated into the engineering concept.
Buro Happold was asked to provide a holistic concept consisting of structural engineering, building services engineering (MEP), BIM management and sustainability consulting. The building will be completed in November 2022.
5. Future Museum opens
Dubai’s Museum of the Future officially opens in February 2022. A striking new addition to the city’s skyline, the museum is a cultural destination that represents both Dubai’s heritage and future progress. Its opening celebrated the creative thinkers and problem solvers who designed and built this award-winning project.
Occupying a prime urban location adjacent to the Emirates Towers, the Museum of the Future is not envisioned as a repository for ancient artifacts, but as an incubator for new ideas, a catalyst for innovation and a global destination for inventors and entrepreneurs. increase.
Our specialist engineers developed bespoke in-house optimization routines to model and analyze numerous structural options to achieve the iconic shape of the Museum of the Future. The result is a solution consisting of a complex diagrid framework that can support 890 stainless steel and glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) panels placed directly in a torus shape to form a complex silver façade.
6. Resonance in Sight captures Hong Kong’s imagination
An outdoor installation, Resonance-In-Sight, was featured in the Redefining Reality exhibition organized by the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA). Running throughout 2022, this artwork consists of physical components, a dramatic pair of elegantly curved, brightly colored steel structures, separated by meters to create a tangible tension between them. It consists of mixed-reality overlays, which are virtual elements that are placed on the ground and complete the arch. Made possible by holographic superimposition via AR-enabled electronic devices.
Buro Happold has signed a contract with artist Kristof Crolla. His architectural studio, Laboratory for Exploratory Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD), was tasked with creating ground-breaking temporary public his art to attract interest from a wide demographic of Hong Kong residents. One of them may not have visited the gallery before and explored its treasures.
We were engaged in providing structural engineering support for the creation of complex twisted geometric shapes. He also used computational engineering to work with the artist to bring the design to life, ensuring seamless construction and playing a key role in eliminating risk in sourcing steel sculptures.
7. Arizona State University: Rob and Melanie Walton Center for Planetary Health completed
The Rob and Melanie Walton Center for Planetary Health, formerly known as the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building VII (ISTB7), is a new 281,000 ft.2 It is a research facility and a comprehensive addition to the growing research district of Arizona State University (ASU) on the Tempe campus.
This high-performance research facility features cutting-edge research, including innovative efforts focused on food, water and energy sustainability. The facility fosters an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge generation and cutting-edge research aimed at improving life on Earth.
Buro Happold provided integrated engineering services for facilities including the Global Institute of Sustainability, School of Sustainability, Institute of Human Origins, university classrooms and a conference center with a 450-seat auditorium.
The building was completed earlier this year and won Engineering News Record Southwest’s “Project of the Year” award in the Higher Education category in November.