Atelier One has built a world-class reputation for ingenuity and innovation in the field of structural engineering. By working collaboratively with our clients and closely integrating our engineering, we seek to achieve a seamless contribution to each project; one which transcends the sum of its composite parts.
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’
– George Bernard Shaw
One of the keys to our success has been our flexibility. Our core team is a talented and dedicated workforce of approximately 20, based in offices in London, Manchester and Brighton. For at least two decades, the practice has developed a wealth of experience and expertise, which enables us to complete a broad range of challenging projects to very exacting schedules. In addition, however, we also work in open co-operation with a number of specialist consultants and can draw upon the expert knowledge of a range of engineers. This means that a bespoke design team can be assembled rapidly and created specifically for each project.
Over the years, Atelier One has worked with many talented architects, artists and designers, both within the UK and internationally. Completed projects include the award winning Conservatories & Super trees at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, (World Building of the year 2012 ) , the development of Federation Square in Melbourne (Australian Architects Prize 2003, Australian Engineering Excellence Award 2003), the National Stadium in Slovenia and, in the UK, the Baltic Gallery in Gateshead and three specialist buildings for the prestigious White Cube Gallery in London.
We are also specialists in the field of engineering design for unique art installations, complex touring exhibitions and dramatic stages; some of our most notable projects include:
Anish Kapoor’s Cloudgate in Chicago
The London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Ceremonies
Stage Sets for U2, the Rolling Stones & the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
In all of these projects Atelier One sought to pursue efficient, aesthetic and ambitious engineering solutions.
Learning and Innovation
Through close ties with many academics and Universities, Atelier One strives to improve learning and innovation within the industry. Directors Neil Thomas and Aran Chadwick have dedicated much of their valuable time in this field and their inspirational leadership has resulted in frequent invitations as guest lecturers. Both teach at Yale University and most recently have been invited to teach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They are also external examiners for the Architectural Association. Both directors are keen to encourage young engineering talent and regularly offer internships to enthusiastic students.
Since our conception, one of the core aims of the practice has been to endeavour to achieve sustainability in construction. This is a twofold approach in which:
- We strive to design the most efficient structural solutions using the least resources. We continually research materials, systems and construction methods in order to reduce energy consumption and regulate harmful emissions.
- We embrace all new technologies and carefully integrate them where appropriate, to achieve a more environmentally responsible proposal.