Tate Modern receives 'Façade of the year' at international facade engineering award ceremony

21 December 2017
The Society of Façade Engineers honour Tate Modern Blavatnik Building at the Façade2017 Award ceremony.
Tate Modern Blavatnik Building

Tate Modern Blavatnik Building


Martin Burden. Ramboll

Martin Burden

Consulting Director, Buildings
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Kai Richter. Ramboll

Kai Richter

Technical Associate
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Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building received the ‘Façade of the year, new build’ award at Façade2017, an international award designed to recognise, reward and promote excellence in the key disciplines of façade design, engineering and application.

Hosted by the Society of Façade Engineering on 7th December, the competition is created, managed and judged by some of the world’s leading exponents of façade engineering and design. The Blavatnik Building was recognised for its striking brick façade that pushed the boundaries of modern design and engineering.

Ramboll provided structural, civil, geotechnical, geo-environmental, flood management and facade engineering services from concept, all design stages and completion. The truncated twisting pyramid structure with its sloping elevations had to be planned and coordinated with staggering precision. Its distinctive and complex geometry impacted many aspects of the building, including the brick arrangement, the windows and precast façade panels, the internal structure and the scaffold. 

The brickwork forms a sloping perforated screen encasing the building, punctuated by a series of windows. With five different inclinations, the building corners and creases resulted in 60 different glass heights across its nearly 1,700 glass panes, spanning up to 29 rows of windows and glazed screens scattered over the whole envelope. The level of complexity involved in designing the windows alone is difficult to comprehend.

Find out more about Ramboll’s role in creating Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building here.


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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.


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