Arts & culture

Arts & Culture buildings are hosts for exceptional experiences. They challenge our sense of human identity. It is not surprising that such buildings attract millions and millions of tourists worldwide. Some of the greatest Arts & Culture buildings even become icons of their city such as the Sydney Opera House and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Ramboll. Tate Modern. Image: Daniel Shearing


Anthony McCarter, Buildings Director, Middle East

Anthony McCarter

Director Buildings – Middle East
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Swati A Shah

Swati A Shah

Buildings and Project Excellence Director, India
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Often such buildings constitute a piece of art in itself. They are architectural and engineering masterpieces. They are the haute couture of the construction industry. And they are often the most challenging buildings to build.

In this role Arts & Culture buildings create much more value than what is measurable. This fact is widely recognised and cities are increasingly investing in Arts & Culture buildings.

Ramboll pursue Arts & Culture buildings all over the world and work in close collaboration with leading architects and local partners worldwide. 

Tate Modern gallery

London's Tate Modern gallery occupies a former oil-fired power station on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite St Paul's Cathedral. The huge brick building was constructed from 1947-1963 and is a Grade II listed structure. Immediately to the south are the switch house and three very large underground oil tanks, 8m deep and constructed in concrete. As part of a wider project known as The Tate Modern Project, we are working with architect Herzog & de Meuron on an extraordinary new building, currently known as Tate Modern II. The project includes the redevelopment of part of the switch house and close integration, both visually and physically, with the main building.

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland was named the best building of the year 2011 by the leading Swedish magazine for Nordic architecture and design, FORM.

The 3D model created during the design phase was the largest in the world at the time, and was shared around the globe as different companies worked on it simultaneously. This concert hall and conference centre was designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Batteriið Architects. The south facade was developed in collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Ramboll was responsible for all engineering works, and operated closely with every collaborator.


The Green Planet won Project of the Year at the Middle East Consultant Awards 2016

The Green Planet

A landmark enclosed bio-dome ecosystem housing some 3,000 plants and animals invites visitors to discover the wonders of a tropical rainforest.

Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ferrari World

Award winning development covering  25 sq km  contains a Formula 1 track, hotels and a retail centre.  Ramboll developed a flexible approach to engineering so we could meet the programme challenges. Our early involvement with the theme park focused on the schematic design of its 90,000 sqm roof.

Ramboll. Tate Modern extension. Image: Daniel Shearing

Tate Modern

Officially opened on 17th June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension later named the Blavatnik building is an iconic world-class addition to London’s skyline. Enabling new ways to display Tate's collection, the new building has been instrumental to Tate Modern's recent success, as it topped the polls as the UK's most visited attraction in 2018.

Harpa Concert and Conference Center

Harpa Concert and Conference Center: Designed in 3D

Harpa Concert and Conference Center has been hailed as a symbol of Iceland’s economic dynamism and has since it opened in 2011 hosted a range of world-class congresses and concerts. The concert and conference center is part of a larger master plan for the area around Reykjavik’s harbour, intended to attract tourists and artists. But the building is more than merely beautiful; however, it is also CO2-neutral, obtaining its energy from Iceland’s geothermal resources.

The Copenhagen Opera House, interior view of lobby with stairs and Olafur Eliasson's chandeliers

The Copenhagen Opera House

Ramboll was engaged as the consulting engineer on the construction of the Opera House and had engaged Buro Happold (UK) as sub consultant to review Ramboll's superstructures and mechanical and electrical services. The roof was projected in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects.

Copenhagen Zoo New Elephant House

Building a home for elephants

Ramboll has helped realise the new Elephant House in Copenhagen Zoo, designed by Norman Foster. This building is setting new standards for animal welfare in inner city zoos, being designed with regard to the social patterns of the elephant as well as a desire to bring a sense of light and openness.

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