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Thomas Heatherwick Selected for Latest Maggie's Centre

00:00 - 28 July, 2014
Thomas Heatherwick Selected for Latest Maggie's Centre, Heatherwick's trademark ingenuity, demonstrated in previous projects such as the London Garden Bridge proposal, will be needed for the difficult site in Leeds. Image Courtesy of Arup
Heatherwick's trademark ingenuity, demonstrated in previous projects such as the London Garden Bridge proposal, will be needed for the difficult site in Leeds. Image Courtesy of Arup

The Maggie's cancer charity has announced Thomas Heatherwick as the latest high-profile designer who will contribute to the Maggie's Centre program, with a site at the new Bexley Wing of St James's University Hospital in Leeds. The new centre will be the first Maggie's in Yorkshire, with Heatherwick joining the likes of Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Steven Holl in the list of Maggie's Centre designers.

More on the appointment after the break

Does London Really Need the Garden Bridge?

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Does London Really Need the Garden Bridge?, Courtesy of Arup
Courtesy of Arup

In an interesting analysis in the Guardian, Olly Wainwright draws attention to the questionable process by which of Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge proposal has gained such strong support from the British government. It is, according to Wainwright, the product of "one voguish designer, one national treasure and one icon-hungry mayor" - however he contends that compared to other more needed potential bridges over the Thames, the Garden Bridge may just be "a spectacular solution to a problem that doesn't really exist," and a terrific waste of infrastructure funds. You can read the article in full here.

Leading Architects Come Together for London's Summer Exhibition

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Leading Architects Come Together for London's Summer Exhibition, The Architecture Room. Image Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts
The Architecture Room. Image Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition is the world's largest open submission exhibition providing "a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience." From 12,000 total works of art, spanning a complete range of disciplines, 140 architectural works have been selected and hung by Royal Academician and Architect Eric Parry, after some early dialogue with former RIBA President Sir Richard MacCormac. Work featured this year includes a model by Thomas Heatherwick and prints by Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton, alongside Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw, Richard Rogers and Eva Jiřičná.

Chris Wilkinson. Image © Chris Wilkinson Context / Eric Parry. Image Courtesy of Eric Parry Architects Ceramic & Nickel Kiosk / Eric Parry. Image Courtesy of Eric Parry Architects Bonhams / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Image © Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands + 14

The Hudson Yards - New Development, "Smart" Development

00:00 - 18 May, 2014
The Hudson Yards - New Development, "Smart" Development , Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Culture Shed" is awaiting approval, but other projects are already underway in the 28 Acre Hudson Yards development. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group
Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Culture Shed" is awaiting approval, but other projects are already underway in the 28 Acre Hudson Yards development. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group

The largest private project New York City has seen in over 100 years may also be the smartest. In a recent article on Engadget, Joseph Volpe explores the resilience of high-tech ideas such as clean energy and power during Sandy-style storms. With construction on the platform started, the Culture Shed awaiting approval, and Thomas Heatherwick designing a 75-Million dollar art piece and park – the private project is making incredible headway. But with the technology rapidly evolving, how do investors know the technology won't become obsolete before its even built?

Heatherwick to Transform Cape Town's Grain Silo into Contemporary Art Museum

00:00 - 15 March, 2014
Heatherwick to Transform Cape Town's Grain Silo into Contemporary Art Museum, Interior. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Interior. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Imagine forty-two, 33 meter high concrete tubes each with a diameter of 5.5 meters, with no open space to experience the volume from within. The brief from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) for London-based Heatherwick Studio was to "reimagine the Grain Silo Complex at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character," calling for a "solution unique for Africa" in order to create "the highest possible quality of exhibition space for the work displayed inside." Heatherwick's response will be the creation of a "a new kind of museum in an African context."

OMA, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio Recruited to Design 'Faena District' of Miami Beach

01:00 - 29 December, 2013
OMA, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio Recruited to Design 'Faena District' of Miami Beach, Faena Art Center. Image Courtesy of Faena
Faena Art Center. Image Courtesy of Faena

Alan Faena — prominent argentine developer — is partnering with an all-star cast of celebrated artists, architects and Hollywood darlings to revive the decadence of the roaring twenties, envisioning a booming cultural "epicenter" for the city of Miami. The development, Faena Miami Beach, would include the restoration of the historic Saxony Hotel (the original symbol of opulent resorts along Florida beaches), the construction of new luxury apartments by Foster + Partners and the Rem Koolhaas/OMA-designed Faena Arts Center and Artist Residency. Review them all after the break.

Heatherwick Tapped to Design $75 Million Icon for NYC

00:00 - 29 October, 2013
Heatherwick Tapped to Design $75 Million Icon for NYC, UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Heatherwick Studio. Image © Daniele Mattioli
UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Heatherwick Studio. Image © Daniele Mattioli

Related Companies founder Stephen Ross has commissioned London designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick to design what could be, according to the Wall Street Journal, “one of the most expensive works of public art in the world.” Planned to be the centerpiece of Related’s Hudson Yards project in Manhattan’s West Side, the estimated $75 million artwork and its surrounding 4-acre public space aims to become “new icon for the city.”

Designing the Extraordinary / Heatherwick Studio

14:53 - 29 May, 2012
© Daniel Portilla
© Daniel Portilla

Today we had the chance of attending the opening of this impressive exhibition. As we mentioned previously some weeks ago, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London prepared this event focused on the work of the British firm Heatherwick Studio, responsable for the last Shanghai 2010 British Pavilion, as well as the Rolling Bridge, or the New Bus for London that was just released in the 38 route. The exhibition comprises a large range of different scales of design, going from specific objects or furniture, to large infrastructural and urban projects. It will be open for the public from next Thursday 31st.

Making / Thomas Heatherwick

21:30 - 19 May, 2012

One of the most impressive pavilions at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 was the UK Pavilion, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. In this book, we can see not only the impressive pavilion, but also a comprehensive overview covering the studio’s entire history. Over 150 projects are represented, each fully illustrated with images selected from Heatherwick’s personal and studio archives.

More information after the break.