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Thomas Heatherwick : Architecture
Contemporary Designer / Architects Practice, England, UK: British Design Studio
page updated 18 Oct 2017
Thomas Heatherwick News
15 Oct 2017
The Bund Finance Centre, Shanghai, China
Architects: Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio
photograph : Katy Harris
The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai
The Bund Finance Centre – a major new mixed-use development jointly designed by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio – is set to revitalise Shanghai’s waterfront. Occupying a prominent site on the Bund, the buildings define the ‘end point’ to Shanghai’s most famous street. The 420,000 sqm masterplan is highly permeable for pedestrians, with the design conceived as a point of connection between the old town and the new financial district.
14 Aug 2017
Garden Bridge across the River Thames
20 Apr 2017
Hudson Yards Development Manhattan
4 Jul 2016
Coal Drops Yard King’s Cross in London
4 May 2016
Pier 55, Chelsea, Manhattan, New York, USA
Design: Heatherwick Studio, with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen
image courtesy Heatherwick Studio
Pier 55 New York City
Thomas Heatherwick’s elevated park over the Hudson River next to Chelsea has been approved by planners.
23 Dec 2015
Moganshan Shanghai by Heatherwick Studio
3 Aug 2012
Thomas Heatherwick – Keynote Speaker for World Architecture Festival
World Architecture Festival Singapore
The organisers of World Architecture Festival have announced that Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, is the latest keynote speaker to be confirmed for this year’s Festival programme. Heatherwick will join other confirmed keynote speakers, including designer of Habitat 67 and Marina Bay Sands, Moshe Safdie, Austrian architect Wolf D. Prix and Malawi born architect, writer and critic Peter Buchanan.
9 Nov 2011
Thomas Heatherwick – Recent News
Thomas Heatherwick talks power stations and buses at prestigious lecture
Thomas Heatherwick talks powerstations and buses at prestigious lecture Renowned designer Thomas Heatherwick, who has gained international acclaim for his work, gave an insight into his illustrious career at a sell-out event last night (Tuesday 8 November), co-hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Sheffield Hallam University.
Thomas, who was delivering the RIBA’s annual lecture, talked about the huge range of projects he has been involved in from condominiums in China to riverboats in France and powerstations in Middlesborough.
He also spoke about two of his most high-profile projects, the ‘seed head’ British pavilion he designed for last year’s Shanghai Expo and the new London Routemaster buses, the first of which has just been produced and will be on the roads in the coming months.
As well as giving an insight into the design processes behind his projects, and how his team at Heatherwick Studio works together, Thomas also took questions from the audience.
Thomas Heatherwick said: “I’ve always been interested in how you can be a ‘maker’ at a large strategic scale, without ignoring the human qualities.
“I’m not really interested in what someone’s profession is. It’s about what they do and the skills they bring to a project.”
The event was the culmination of a successful partnership between the RIBA and Sheffield Hallam University, which has seen the successful Forgotten Spaces 2011: Sheffield architectural ideas competition take place in the city.
And it’s hoped the phenomenal success of the event will mean further opportunities for collaboration, including a possible project between the University and Thomas Heatherwick.
John Palmer, director of communications and public affairs at the University, said: “This really was the event of the year at RIBA and I am extremely proud that Sheffield Hallam University was able to co-host it with them.
“Thomas has true rock star status within the field of architecture and design and the lecture was full of people who all enjoyed a marvellous insight into the work of one of the world’s most revered young architectural designers.”
Thomas Heatherwick gained universal fame for the ‘seed head’ British pavilion at the Shanghai Expo last year, which won the 2010 RIBA Lubetkin Prize for architecture.
Thomas Heatherwick is an honorary fellow of the RIBA, senior fellow of the Royal College of Art and an honorary doctor of Sheffield Hallam University. The Heatherwick Studio, established in 1994, is a multi-disciplinary operation, with team members coming from architecture, product design, model-making, landscape design and fine art backgrounds.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Studio had been appointed to work on the design of the Olympic cauldron at the London 2012 games.
Forgotten Spaces 2011: Sheffield competition encouraged architects, designers and artists to come up with innovative ideas that found new uses for the city’s ‘forgotten spaces’. It was sponsored by developers British Land, Creative Sheffield, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and engineers Buro Happold. The initiative was based on a highly successful concept developed by RIBA London in 2010, and was run in Sheffield due to the city’s successful architectural regeneration over the past few years.
22 Nov 2010
St Thomas’ Hospital Architecture Competition
1 Apr 2010
UK Pavilion Shanghai Expo, China
Thomas Heatherwick – Major Design
Shanghai Expo – British Pavilion, China
Date built: 2007-
picture from Thomas Heatherwick
Shanghai Expo building : design competition winner
Developed by one of the UK’s leading creative talents the UK pavilion will provide a dramatic demonstration of creativity and innovation in the UK. The centrepiece of the UK’s offering is the extraordinary pavilion building – a six storey high object formed from some 60,000 slender transparent rods, which will extend from the structure and quiver in the breeze.
Thomas Heatherwick Architecture – Key Projects
Featured Thomas Heatherwick Designs, alphabetical:
Aberystwyth Creative Units, Wales, UK
Date built: 2009
photo : Edmund Sumner
Aberystwyth Creative Units
East Beach café, Littlehampton, West Sussex, England
Date built: 2007
photo : Andy Stagg
East Beach Cafe
Guy’s Hospital Approaches, London, UK
Date built: 2008/09
photograph © James Whitaker 2009
James Whitaker Photographs
Paperhouse, Kensington & Chelsea, west London, UK
Date built: 2009
photograph : Cristobal Palma
Paperhouse : Newspaper Kiosks
Rolling Bridge, west London
Date built: 2004
photo : Steve Speller
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