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Architect And Designer Thomas Heatherwick In The Spotlight In New York

By Dr. Jean-Luc Bourbeau
In Culture
June 20, 2015
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From June 24 of this year to January 3, 2016, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York will pay tribute to the work of British architect and designer Thomas Heatherwick through the exhibit “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio,” his first in the United States.

The exhibit will present a look at the design process of 43 of Heatherwick Studio’s projects through the display of prototypes, presentation and sketch models, full-scale mockups, objects, photographs and film and video footage.

Rolling Bridge near London’s Paddington Station by Thomas HeatherwickThe project that first garnered Heatherwick international recognition was the Rolling Bridge near London’s Paddington Station.

“‘Provocations’ celebrates the inventive approach of the Heatherwick Studio and reveals the design process and concepts behind the firm’s incredible products and buildings, from the rotation-molded ‘Spun’ chair — recently acquired into Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection — to large architectural projects like the Learning Hub in Singapore,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum.

Also on exhibit will be the 2014 Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstoke, England, the 2012 redesign of London’s double-decker buses, known as the New Routemaster, and the cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games torch.

2012 olympic cauldron by thomas heatherwick2012 olympic cauldron by thomas heatherwick (photo credit: LOCOG).

A digital table in the exhibition will allow up to six users to simultaneously explore high-resolution images of exhibition objects. Visitors can zoom in on object details and learn about its history and related objects. Aspiring architects and designers can also try their hand at drawing simple three-dimensional forms.

Heatherwick Studio, established in 1994, is recognized for its highly inventive approach to everyday design challenges, frequently combining novel engineering with new materials and innovative technology to create unusual, often sculptural, building forms. The project that first garnered Heatherwick international recognition was the Rolling Bridge near London’s Paddington Station. Asked to design a bridge to span a small inlet through which boats pass, Thomas Heatherwick acknowledged that most drawbridges are unattractive when raised. His solution was to create a hydraulic bridge made of eight sections that rolls up into a circular snail-like form. The bridge won the 2005 British Structural Steel Award and continues to attract crowds. Currently involved in designing Google’s main headquarters in California along with design firm BIG, reports this week also suggest that Heatherwick has been asked to also work on a UK office for the tech giant.

Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The museum is one of many dependent on the Smithsonian Institute.

“Provocations : The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” opens June 24 and runs until January 3 of next year at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.

For more info: www.cooperhewitt.org

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Photo Credit: Heatherwick Studio

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