Thomas Alexander Heatherwick, CBE, RDI, HonFREng (born 17 February 1970) is an English designer and the founder of London-based design practice Heatherwick Studio. Since the late 1990s Heatherwick has emerged as one of Britain's most significant designers. Heatherwick works with a team of around 180 architects, designers and makers from a studio and workshop in King's Cross, London.
Thomas Heatherwick discussing his work at Strelka Institute
|Born||Thomas Alexander Heatherwick
17 February 1970
|Alma mater||Manchester Metropolitan University|
Heatherwick has been involved in the design of many projects, some controversial, including the Olympic Cauldron, the New Routemaster bus, and the UK pavilion at Expo 2010. Other notable projects include the renovation of Pacific Place, the cancelled Garden Bridge and a proposed plan for a biomass power station in BEI-Teesside.
Heatherwick was born in London on 17 February 1970. He attended Sevenoaks School in Kent, and studied three-dimensional design at Manchester Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art. Whilst Heatherwick was at the RCA he met designer Terence Conran. Conran became a mentor to Heatherwick after seeing his plan for a gazebo made of two, 6 m high curved stacks of birch plywood and made its construction possible by inviting Heatherwick to work at his country home.
After graduating from the RCA, Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994.
In 2002 Heatherwick Studio designed The Rolling Bridge (also known as "the curling bridge") as part of a redevelopment of Paddington Basin. The bridge unfolds across the Grand Union Canal every Friday at noon. To give access to upcoming water traffic, the bridge curls into an octagon. The bridge consists of eight triangular sections hinged at the walkway level and is connected above by two part links that collapse towards the deck under the control of hydraulic pistons. The Rolling Bridge won the 2005 British Structural Steel Award.
East Beach CafeEdit
In 2005 Heatherwick Studio completed the East Beach Café at Littlehampton, West Sussex. The large steel structure houses a café by daytime and restaurant in the evening. The concept allowed the steel to rust and the colours to develop over time before being fixed with a transparent oil. The café won a RIBA National Award in 2008.
B of the BangEdit
Heatherwick's design for B of the Bang, a £1.42 million 56m-high sculpture of 180 giant steel spikes, was unveiled outside the City of Manchester Stadium in 2005. It was the tallest and possibly most dramatic public sculpture ever erected in Britain. The structure was commissioned to commemorate the 2002 Commonwealth Games and was named after a quote from former Olympic sprint champion Linford Christie and meant to symbolise the burst of energy as an athlete shoots out of the blocks.
The B of the Bang however was dismantled after parts of the structure fell off. Manchester City Council responded to the dismantling of the structure by saying, "Thomas Heatherwick's B of the Bang was a magnificent artistic statement and it was regrettable that technical problems undermined that vision." Danny Boyle said it was the inspiration for his asking Heatherwick Studio to design the Olympic Cauldron: “It goes back to the time I spent sitting under his B of the Bang sculpture. I loved it so much; it’s a tragedy they took it down.”
UK Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010Edit
The studio developed the idea for the UK Pavilion by exploring the relationship between nature and cities, and incorporated Kew Gardens' Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, whose mission is to collect the seeds of 25% of the world's plant species by 2020. The structure consisted of over 60,000 25-foot acrylic optic fibres. It housed 60,000 plant seeds at the end of acrylic rods, held in place by geometrically-cut holes with the rods inserted therein.
In the duration of the six-month Expo, more than eight million people went inside, making it the UK's most visited tourist attraction. At a state ceremony, it was announced that the UK Pavilion had won the event's top prize, the gold medal for pavilion design.
After the Expo the UK Pavilion's acrylic rods were donated to schools and the World Expo Museum, while others were auctioned for charity.
New Routemaster busEdit
In 2010 the Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that Heatherwick Studio would be designing the New Routemaster. It was the first time in more than 50 years that Transport for London commissioned the development of a bus built specifically for the capital. A long asymmetric front window provided the driver with clear kerbside views, while a wrapped glazing panel reflected passenger circulation – bringing more daylight into the bus and offering views out over London. Initially the bus reinstated one of the features of the 1950s AEC Routemaster, an open platform at its rear, which offered a "hop-on hop-off" service. However, the expense of staffing this feature, to avoid the many accidents that occurred on the original bus, has since led to it being discontinued. The design has three doors and two staircases, making it quicker and easier for passengers to board. In engineering terms, the New Routemaster was claimed to be 15 per cent more fuel efficient than the existing hybrid buses and 40 per cent more efficient than conventional diesel double-deckers.
Designs for the new bus were originally unveiled in May 2010 and a prototype, developed and manufactured by Wrightbus, was launched in December 2011, The first bus entered public service in February 2012 and Transport for London ordered a further 600 buses in September 2012. However no new Routemaster buses will be purchased for London, the funds instead going towards upgrading the city's existing fleet with the latest sustainable technologies.
Critics have pointed to the very large cost and frequent issues caused by the design, including excessive temperatures for passengers in the summer. It is claimed the Routemasters are emitting more harmful particles than the buses they replaced. Prospective London Mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar, who first revealed problems with the new Routemasters, said in July 2015: "This project was misconceived from the start. I have been told that drivers have been complaining about the failed batteries since August last year and yet nothing has been done. It is no surprise the emissions are higher than those on conventional buses as the New Bus for London is not operating as designed. It is supposed to be powered by an electric motor, but instead is using its inefficient diesel engine that should, in normal conditions, be running at constant speed."
2012 Olympic cauldronEdit
Heatherwick Studio was asked by Danny Boyle to design the Summer Olympics and Paralympics cauldron for the London 2012 Olympics, which was lit during the Opening ceremony of the London Olympics on 27 July 2012.
The cauldron was made of 204 pieces, which were brought into the Olympic Stadium by children representing each team as part of the Parade of nations. These pieces were mounted on stems which, once lit by seven torchbearers, were raised to merge into one huge flame, representing the coming together in peace of each of the 204 countries competing in the Olympic Games and the collaborative human spirit at the heart of the Games. The copper petals, made at Peterborough-based Contour Autocraft were created by craftsmen who had previously made body parts for car makers such as Bentley.
After the close of the Games, the petals were sent to each country as a legacy of their sporting achievements in the Games. In total 204 Olympic petals and 164 Paralympic petals were offered to competing nations. On 26 November 2012 the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson delivered a lasting memento of London's Olympic and Paralympic Games to India's medal-winning athletes in Delhi.
Proposed Thames "Garden Bridge"Edit
Heatherwick designed, in collaboration with the actress Joanna Lumley, a proposed pedestrian bridge across the Thames in central London, the "Garden Bridge". The bridge was planned to feature trees and gardens.
The project, originally supposed to be fully privately financed, was beset with funding issues, criticisms and delays. In April 2017 Margaret Hodge, the former chair of the Public Accounts Committee, in a report ordered by the Mayor of London, concluded that the project should be cancelled: the £46 million of public money already lost was preferable to risking additional demands if the project proceeded. Hodge criticised the appointments of Heatherwick Studio and engineer Arup in 2013 which "were not open, fair or competitive … and revealed systematic failures and ineffective control systems"  The project was officially cancelled on 14 August 2017.
The Learning Hub opened in 2015. It is a multi-use educational facility built as part of the Nanyang Technological University's campus redevelopment programme for use by 33,000 students. The building is designed to better suit contemporary methods of learning in response to the use of the internet as a primary educational tool. The design challenges the traditional format of university buildings which have box-like lecture rooms linked by long corridors. Instead, learning facilities and social spaces are interwoven to encourage interaction between users across different disciplines. The building consists of 56 rounded tutorial rooms stacked in 12 towers arranged around a full-height, naturally ventilated atrium The tutorial rooms are conceived to break down student-teacher hierarchies and promote interactive group teaching. The spaces are flexible and can be re-configured, encouraging collaboration between students. Concrete was used as the primary construction material to keep costs down and ensure a high level of environmental performance was achieved. Heatherwick Studio created a bespoke method to imprint three-dimensional texture into the façade, interior panels and columns using reusable silicone moulds. 700 commissioned drawings by artist and illustrator Sara Fanelli were cast into the elevator cores and stairs. The drawings reference art, literature and science and are meant to act as ambiguous thought triggers for students and teachers. The various raw treatments of concrete used give the building an almost hand-made quality. In 2014, the Learning Hub achieved BREEAM Green Mark Platinum status, the highest environmental rating in Singapore. It also won the British Precast 'Creativity in Concrete' Award from the Concrete Society in 2015.
Bombay Sapphire DistilleryEdit
Heatherwick Studio led the masterplan and design for the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery in Hampshire, which opened in 2014. The transformation of the five-acre site included the renovation a 300-year-old paper mill and the restoration 23 existing buildings. As part of the modernisation scheme the River Test, which runs through the site, was widened and used as an organisational device. Two curved glasshouses, one with a temperate climate and one with a Mediterranean climate, emerge from the renovated mill building and house the 10 botanicals used in the gin distillation process. Waste heat from the still house is recycled and used to grow the plant species within the glasshouses. Traditional large copper stills are located within the interior, which consists of an educational dry room and bar to accommodate tours and public events. The project was the first facility in the drinks manufacturing industry and the first renovation to achieve BREEAM 'outstanding' accreditation.
Coal Drops YardEdit
Coal Drops Yard will be a new public space and retail destination in King's Cross, London. The project will include the renovation of two buildings built in 1850 and used to receive freight travelling from the north of England. The design stitches the two buildings together by extending the two roofs towards each other until they meet. This will create an additional storey and distinct centre to the linear site. The stretched roofs will shelter the yard below which can be used to host events, whilst the third storey will offer views of King's Cross, the new Francis Crick Institute and Cubitt Square. The project is part of a wider re-development programme for the area by Argent LLP and King's Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP). Planning was approved for Coal Drops Yard in December 2015.
Bund Finance CentreEdit
Heatherwick Studio are working in collaboration with Fosters + Partners on the Bund Finance Centre (BFC) – a new mixed-use complex in Shanghai. The project is situated at the end of the Bund in Shanghai and envisioned as a connection point between the city's old town and the financial district.
The plan includes two 180-metre towers that combine offices, a boutique hotel and retail space. An arts and cultural centre is located at the centre of the scheme. Conceived as a platform for international exchange, the centre will feature art galleries and theatre spaces. The building is surrounded by an adaptable moving veil which reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards Pudong district.
Heatherwick Studio are transforming the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town into a not-for-profit cultural institution. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will house the most significant collection of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. The 9,500sqm complex will consist of nine floors with 6,000sqm of dedicated exhibition space. The project aims to celebrate and preserve the structure's industrial heritage, creating a centrepiece for the V&A Waterfront development. Using a variety of concrete-cutting techniques, galleries and a large central atrium will be carved out of the silo's 42 concrete tubes. The concrete shafts will be capped with strengthened glass that can be walked over by visitors. This will draw light into the building from above, aiming to create a cathedral-like interior.
The excavation of this interior space will unify two buildings; the silo and the grading tower. Bisected tubes will contain cylindrical lifts and a spiral staircase. Pillowed glazing panels formed of segments of flat glass have been inserted into the upper floors.
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will open in early 2017.
Heatherwick Studio is currently working on projects including; Zeitz MOCAA, the reinvention of a historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai, in partnership with Fosters + Partners and the new Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California – in partnership with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Heatherwick is also designing the Vessel structure in New York City.
Other notable worksEdit
- Sculpted forms in laminated wood, Guastavino Restaurant, New York City
- Bleigiessen, Wellcome Trust, London
- Blue Carpet, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
- Longchamp store in the SoHo district of New York City
- Interior, Konstam Restaurant, Kings Cross, London WC1
- Southorn Playground, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- "Zip Bag" handbag for Longchamp
- Boiler Suit, Guy's Approaches, Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital, London
- Studios Complex at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University
- Sitooterie II, Barnards Farm, West Horndon, Essex.
- Nanyang Technological University Learning Hub, Singapore
- Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Hampshire
- Pacific Place, Hong Kong
- Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town
- Pier55, New York
- Paternoster Vents, Paternoster Square, London
Approach to designEdit
The Heatherwick Studio has worked with an extensive range of design disciplines, including architecture, engineering, transport and urban planning to furniture, sculpture and product design. According to Heatherwick, the wide range of skill sets found at Heatherwick Studio is a reaction to Heatherwick's frustration at encountering "sliced-up ghettos of thought" of sculpture, architecture, fashion, embroidery, metalwork, product and furniture design all in separate departments. He considers all design in three dimensions, not as multi-disciplinary design, but as a single discipline: three-dimensional design.
Unlike many architecture practices, Heatherwick Studio does not have a fixed style and focuses on problem solving. He has said: “It is more like solving a crime. The answer is there, and your job is to find it. So we go off and do bits of research that essentially eliminate suspects from the enquiry. And then you follow up leads and gradually narrow down the potential solutions. Ultimately what you’re left with is the answer.”
Exhibitions and publicationsEdit
In 2012 the Victoria and Albert Museum put on a major retrospective of the studio's work. The exhibition was titled "Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary" and was curated by Abraham Thomas.
The exhibition revealed the creative processes and spirit of curiosity of Heatherwick Studio across two decades of projects, spanning the disciplines of architecture, product design, engineering, sculpture and urban planning.
The British Council hosted the major touring exhibition New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio, curated by Kate Goodwin Drue Heinz Curator of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 2015 and 2016 the exhibition travelled to six venues in East Asia and reached over 409,109 visitors. The museums and galleries the exhibition travelled to include; Singapore National Design Centre, CAFA, Beijing, Power Station of Arts, Shanghai, PMQ, Hong Kong, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and D Museum, Seoul. The first USA exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio travelled to three venues in North America in 2014 and 2015: Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.
In 2012, Thames and Hudson published Thomas Heatherwick: Making. The book lays out Heatherwick's body of work so far; each of the more than 140 fully illustrated projects included is accompanied by a text explaining, in Heatherwick’s words, the design question it posed and the creative and practical processes used to address it. A second volume was released in 2013 that includes the Olympic Cauldron.
Thomas Heatherwick has won numerous design awards including the Prince Philip Designers Prize (2006), the London Design Medal (2010), the RIBA Lubetkin Prize (2010) for the UK Pavilion. In 2004 he became the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.
Heatherwick has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from University of the Arts London, the Royal College of Art, University of Dundee, University of Brighton, Sheffield Hallam University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Olympic cauldron plagiarism claimEdit
In June 2013, New York design studio Atopia claimed that the design of the Olympics cauldron was identical to something they had presented to the London Olympic committee in 2007. They had not been able to raise the issue until 2013 due to a restrictive non-disclosure agreement that prevented all companies from promoting any work related to the Olympics. However, Heatherwick denied that he had been briefed by the commissioner on Atopia's idea, and was adamant that the cauldron design was his alone, based on a student project he did in 1993. Danny Boyle, artistic director of the opening ceremony, also denied having known about the prior design, while Martin Green, former head of ceremonies of LOCOG, claimed that the idea came out of discussions between Boyle, Heatherwick and himself. The organisers of the London Olympics later reached an out-of-court settlement acknowledging that several key concepts and design features of the cauldron were proposals submitted by Atopia. Heatherwick however maintained that the design was his own and not influenced by Atopia's design.
B of the Bang structural problemsEdit
B of the Bang suffered from structural problems once completed: one of its 180 steel spikes dislodged within two weeks, and a further 22 spikes were removed from the sculpture before Manchester City Council decided to put it into storage. Manchester Council's decision to dismantle of B of the Bang was controversial. Angel of the North creator Anthony Gormley urged council bosses not to scrap the sculpture and wrote a letter to the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein, where he described the 150-tonne landmark as "remarkable, dynamic and engaging." He stated that "It is a great tribute to Manchester... and to allow it to disappear would be a loss not just of an inspirational artwork but also of the council's nerve."
Manchester City Council took legal action against Heatherwick studio and their subcontractors, who in November 2008 agreed to pay £1.7 million in damages.
Worth Abbey pew cracksEdit
Thomas Heatherwick was appointed by Worth Abbey in 2009 to redesign its church interior. A modern version of traditional monastic furniture was installed including pews for 700, choir stalls, monastery seats, desks and confession rooms, all of which were fabricated from solid hardwood. Cracks appeared in the pews within months and Church officials put signs on them saying: “Caution: Pew awaiting repair. Please do not sit here.” Heatherwick has denied responsibility for the defects and has blamed the contractor.
Longchamp storefront Spring Street, NYC
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