Thomas Heatherwick to transform London’s Olympia into “world-leading” cultural hub

Thomas Heatherwick is to completely overhaul of the Olympia events centre in west London, creating a hotel, a theatre and suite of new entertainment venues within the Victorian exhibition hall. Heatherwick Studio is working with London-based architectural practice SPPARC on the overhaul the Olympia London venue in Kensington. In addition to the hotel and theatre, the duo are expected to

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Thomas Heatherwick: “There was a real worry about whether we could get people to come inside”

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, designer Thomas Heatherwick reveals how he overcame early fears that no one would visit the art galleries in his new Cape Town art museum. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, opened last week and is now South Africa’s biggest art museum. Located inside a converted 1920s grain

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Thomas Heatherwick reveals Zeitz MOCAA art galleries carved out of Cape Town grain silo

Thomas Heatherwick has created South Africa’s biggest art museum – by hollowing out the inside of a historic grain silo building. Described by the British designer as “the world’s tubiest building”, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, is set to become the world’s most important exhibition space for African art. It

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Thomas Heatherwick saddened after plans for New York “treasure island” are scrapped

Only a month after the Garden Bridge was scrapped, Thomas Heatherwick’s plans for a park on New York’s Hudson River have been abandoned – and the designer has described the decision as “really, really sad”. Billionaire Barry Diller announced yesterday he is giving up his battle to replace an old pier with an undulating park and events space designed

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“The Garden Bridge’s cancellation provides an opportunity that mustn’t be wasted”

Now that the Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge has been officially scrapped, its time to think again about London really needs, says Owen Hatherley. The cancellation of the Garden Bridge is one of those rare and precious moments where concerted campaigning, from a variety of groups, over several years, has managed to have a decisive effect. In the

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge officially scrapped

The final nail in the coffin for the controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge has come today, as the trust behind the project announced its closure following lack of support by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity set up to build and run the £200-million Garden Bridge, announced its closure and the end of the project this morning.

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Heatherwick Studio releases new video of 1000 Trees under construction in Shanghai

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio has revealed its own video and photographs of its tree-covered development in Shanghai, following the release of drone footage earlier this week. Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees, previously called Moganshan, is currently under construction next to the city’s M50 arts district. The huge tree-covered development design is split across two sites, connected by a narrow strip of land containing a

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Drone footage shows Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” underway in Shanghai

Work is well underway on Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” in Shanghai, as shown in this flyover movie filmed by a drone. One thousand trees dot the terraced forms of Moganshan, a project designed by Thomas Heatherwick’s London studio for a six-hectare site adjacent to Shanghai’s main art district, M50. A rendering of the project was first unveiled in December 2015, but this footage

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Foster and Heatherwick complete Shanghai theatre with curtain-like facade

Images have emerged of a new arts and culture centre by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, which forms part of a new financial quarter the two firms are building on Shanghai’s waterfront. The Fosun Foundation is the centrepiece of the Bund Finance Center, a new mixed-use complex designed by Norman Foster’s architecture firm and Thomas Heatherwick’s

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Google finally reveals its plans for London HQ by BIG and Heatherwick

Two years after inviting Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick to design its new London campus, Google has submitted a planning application for a building featuring a huge rooftop garden, a running track and a swimming pool. Google submitted an application to Camden Council this week for a 93,000-square-metre structure – one of three buildings that will form a

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London mayor pulls plug on Garden Bridge

London mayor Sadiq Khan has withdrawn support for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge by refusing to sign the vital financial guarantees that would allow building to go ahead.  In a letter addressed to the Garden Bridge Trust chair Mervyn Davies today, Khan said he would not guarantee funds for the bridge’s operation and maintenance. He cited the potential for spiralling construction costs

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Heatherwick’s Pier 55 park for New York now unlikely to go ahead

Plans to construct a Thomas Heatherwick-designed park and events venue jutting out over New York’s Hudson River have hit a major bump after a federal court vacated the project’s permit. The United States District Court has modified the permit issued for the construction of Pier 55, making it near impossible for the project to go ahead.

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Google reveals latest designs by BIG and Heatherwick for new California HQ

Google has presented the latest designs for its new Mountain View office campus, designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio, ahead of a public hearing next week. In a 67-page document submitted to Mountain View City Council on 23 January 2017, the technology giant revealed extensive details of its plans for Google Charleston East, the company’s first purpose-built

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Garden Bridge inquiry finds “robust and informed decision-making” behind use of public funds

The charity set up to deliver Thomas Heatherwick’s £185 million Garden Bridge has acted legally and responsibly, according to a formal inquiry called for by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The review – launched following a series of complaints about the project’s procurement and finances – found that the Garden Bridge Trust is “operating in compliance with charity law” and has “proper financial controls in place”.

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Garden Bridge faces uncertain future after accounts reveal risk of “substantial” cost increase

The future of Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge has been thrown into question again, after it emerged that costs could rise well above the estimated £185 million, and that the charity behind the project is at threat of liquidation. The proposed bridge across London’s River Thames has faced numerous obstacles over the past two years, but its stated price tag has only

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BIG and Heatherwick Studios to design Google’s London headquarters

Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick have been confirmed as the designers of Google’s new London headquarters at King’s Cross, following rumours of their involvement. Google’s headquarters will occupy a 330-metre stretch of land between Regent’s Canal and King’s Cross station, where it will form part of a larger campus at King’s Cross that is to include offices by Mossessian

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“Installation art has finally taken over the last bastion of architecture”

Opinion: colossal public artworks like Thomas Heatherwick’s interlinking staircases for New York are the architectural monuments of our time, says Aaron Betsky. The infamous Bilbao Effect might have been the last gasp of great architecture giving us a thrill. Gone are the days of the Eiffel Tower and the Parthenon, the Mall in Washington and More

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London mayor launches inquiry into finances of contentious Garden Bridge

The controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge is to come under further scrutiny, as London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a review to assess whether the project provides value for money. The inquiry will look at whether the bridge proposed across London’s River Thames has been a suitable use of public money, and review whether governmental departments dealt with the project More

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Heatherwick unveils staircase structure as “centrepiece” for New York’s Hudson Yards

British designer Thomas Heatherwick has revealed a honeycomb-like structure comprising a series of interconnected staircases to sit at the centre of the vast Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West Side. Named Vessel, the giant sculpture was unveiled today by Heatherwick and New York mayor Bill de Blasio as “the centrepiece to a grand new public More

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UK government renews support for Garden Bridge but reduces offer by £6 million

The UK government has pledged its continuous support for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge, but has reduced its financial guarantee from £15 million to £9 million. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has extended the offer to underwrite funding for the £185 million project proposed across London’s River Thames. The new offer is valid for an unlimited time period, but is More

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Heatherwick defends Garden Bridge as investigation reveals £22 million funding gap

Thomas Heatherwick has defended his Garden Bridge proposal for London’s River Thames, after a BBC report found that the project was missing £22 million in funding. Heatherwick appeared on last night’s BBC Newsnight TV programme, which centred around an investigation into the funding of the project. He said the bridge had become a political football, More

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Virtual reality movie offers a preview of Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge

The team behind London’s controversial Garden Bridge have released a short film that allows viewers to experience the project in virtual reality (+ movie). The two-minute movie released by the Garden Bridge Trust transports users to the centre of the plant-covered structure proposed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick across London’s River Thames. It offers an opportunity to see some of the proposed More

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Heatherwick appointed to design new stand for Fulham FC

London football club Fulham FC has appointed Thomas Heatherwick to redesign part of its stadium and create “an iconic landmark on the banks of the River Thames”. Heatherwick Studio will lead the overhaul of the Riverside stand at Craven Cottage, the club’s west London home since 1896. Heatherwick was personally chosen by Shahid Khan, the owner More

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London mayor suspends Garden Bridge construction over funding concerns

London mayor Sadiq Khan has frozen a building project for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge to ensure no more public money is committed to the £175 million scheme. Khan has temporarily blocked construction at Temple tube station, where works were due to start to strengthen the existing structure so it can withstand the weight of the new River Thames More

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Allies and Morrison proposes alternative Garden Bridge at existing Blackfriars crossing

Architecture firm Allies and Morrison has revealed an alternative to Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge for London – planting trees on the existing Thames crossing at Blackfriars. The London studio believes the 32-metre-wide Blackfriars Bridge could easily be reconfigured to create a public garden spanning the River Thames, providing a much cheaper solution than Heatherwick’s £175 million proposal. Like the Garden Bridge, it could More

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Heatherwick, Chipperfield and Adjaye among high-profile architects and designers opposing Brexit

David Chipperfield, Ron Arad, Richard Rogers, David Adjaye and Thomas Heatherwick are among the architects and designers that have signed a letter backing the Remain campaign for the UK’s EU referendum. The letter says that Britain’s “global creative success would be severely weakened” if it was to leave the EU. David Chipperfield, Amanda Levete, Richard Rogers and David Adjaye are More

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Heatherwick’s Pier 55 to begin construction over New York’s Hudson River

British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s elevated park over the Hudson River has been given the go ahead by planners and will start construction this summer. The 2.7-acre Pier 55 has been given final consent by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Hudson River Park Trust announced last week, after the project overcame a lawsuit earlier More

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Garden Bridge moves towards construction despite ongoing controversy

Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge has moved one step closer to reality with the appointment of a building contractor, despite calls for the project to be halted from a number of key figures. Construction firms Bouygues Travaux Publics and Cimolai has been jointly selected to build the plant-covered London bridge across the River Thames – designed by Heatherwick after being conceived by British actress More

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BIG and Heatherwick rework Google HQ design for smaller Mountain View site

BIG and Heatherwick Studio have revealed their latest plans for Google’s California campus, after being forced to modify their ambitious design to fit a significantly smaller site. Submitted to the city planning department last month, the latest Mountain View proposal shows a highly compacted version of the original design, featuring a more regimented grid layout. Instead More

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Heatherwick reveals Shanghai complex envisaged as “two tree-covered mountains”

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled plans for a vast tree-covered development beside Shanghai’s art district, which will feature a large wedge-shaped block modelled on a mountain. The British firm led by designer Thomas Heatherwick was commissioned to design the Moganshan project for a six-hectare plot next to Shanghai’s contemporary art district. The 300,000-square-metre mixed-used development gains its name More

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Heatherwick gets go ahead for canal-side shopping centre in London’s King’s Cross

Designer Thomas Heatherwick has won planning permission to convert a Victorian coal yard in London’s King’s Cross into a canal-side shopping destination. Located next to Regent’s Canal, Coal Drops Yard will include approximately 65 shops, including five large stores as well as restaurants, galleries, music venues and a new public square. The London-based Heatherwick Studio More

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Thomas Heatherwick to redesign home of New York Philharmonic orchestra

London-based Heatherwick Studio and Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt have been selected to replace Foster + Partners on the overhaul of Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, home to one of New York’s leading orchestras. The team will completely gut the symphonic hall, originally designed by mid-20th-century American architect Max Ambramovitz. Formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall, More

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Heatherwick reveals plans for canal-side shopping centre in London’s King’s Cross

Designer Thomas Heatherwick has applied for planning permission to convert a Victorian coal yard in London’s King’s Cross into a canal-side shopping destination. London-based Heatherwick Studio plans to transform the two Coal Drops building next door to the Central Saint Martins school campus, creating approximately 60 shops, as well as restaurants, galleries and music venues. […]

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Thomas Heatherwick gets the green light for Maggie’s Centre modelled on pot plants

Thomas Heatherwick has unveiled more images of his plant-covered design for a Maggie’s cancer-care centre in Yorkshire, England, which has now been granted planning permission (+ slideshow). The London-based designer plans to create a building that looks like a group of giant pot plants in the grounds of St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, providing a drop-in centre […]

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“Can Heatherwick produce architecture that is more than a gimmick or a gadget?”

Opinion: as Thomas Heatherwick’s Provocations exhibition opens in New York, Alexandra Lange questions whether the British designer has done enough yet to prove he can also produce well-built permanent architecture. Let Thomas Heatherwick tell you a bedtime story. “Can a bus be better and use 40 percent less fuel?” “Can you make a park out of the desert?” […]

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Products and buildings are the same says Heatherwick, as designers turn to architecture

Designing a building is “exactly the same” as designing a Christmas card according to designer Thomas Heatherwick, amid signs that designers are encroaching on architects’ territory. “Whether something is a Christmas card or a masterplan for a site that’s eight miles long, we’ve found it’s exactly the same process that you’re going through,” said Heatherwick, whose […]

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Google drafts in Thomas Heatherwick for delayed London HQ project

Thomas Heatherwick has reportedly been brought in to work on Google’s new London headquarters after plans by architecture firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris were deemed too boring. The British designer – who is already working on Google’s California campus in partnership with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels – has been asked to draw up new plans for the internet giant’s London base, […]

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Google reveals new site for Mountain View headquarters by BIG and Heatherwick

Google has found another way to begin construction on its vast Silicon Valley campus designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio – despite losing its original land bid to social network LinkedIn. The future of Google’s proposed California headquarters was thrown into jeopardy last month when the business was allotted just a quarter of the land required to build it. But the […]

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Robots will be used to construct BIG and Heatherwick’s Google HQ

Google’s new California headquarters by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick is set to be built using robot-crane hybrids. Reports initially surfaced in February claiming that construction of the proposed Google North Bayshore campus in Mountain View will include the use of “crabots” – machines that reportedly combine robotic technologies with traditional cranes. This has now been substantiated by UK magazine the Architects’ Journal, which claims […]

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Garden Bridge hits an obstacle as judicial review is granted

The future of Thomas Heatherwick’s proposed Garden Bridge in London is in jeopardy after a court ruling yesterday granted permission for a full judicial review of the project. A High Court judge ruled that Lambeth Council may have unlawfully granted planning permission for the new plant-covered Thames crossing and potentially ignored issues regarding funding. The court […]

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BIG and Heatherwick unveil “vibrant new neighbourhood” for Google’s California HQ

News: Google has released a movie detailing its plans for a new California headquarters designed by the studios of Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick. Danish firm BIG and London-based Heatherwick Studio plan to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California to create the Google campus – marking the first time the internet giant has designed and built an […]
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Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick to design Google’s new California HQ

News: BIG and Heatherwick Studio are collaborating on a new headquarters building for Google in Mountain View, California. According to the New York Times, the pair are working on “a series of canopy-like buildings” for the internet giant, which have not been made public but have been discussed with members of Mountain View City Council. Related story: […]
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First look at “super-strength” copper cladding for Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge

News: the first image showing the “super-strength” copper-nickel skin that will clad Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge has been unveiled, just 24 hours after the £175 million project was threatened by a legal challenge. The proposed 367-metre London bridge will be coated in a rust-resistant copper-nickel alloy from its feet on the river bed up to the […]
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Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge given green light

News: Thomas Heatherwick’s £175 million Garden Bridge proposal for London has been approved by Westminster Council amid claims it will be the “most expensive footbridge in the world”. The 367-metre pedestrian bridge, which consists of two fluted piers supporting a promenade planted with trees, is set to span the River Thames between the South Bank and Temple Station. Earlier today, […]
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Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge will require groups of eight or more to “request a formal visit”

News: groups of eight people or more will have to apply for permission to cross Thomas Heatherwick’s proposed Garden Bridge in London in a move to discourage “protest groups” from occupying the structure. Lambeth Council – one of two London boroughs responsible for whether the Garden Bridge gets built – granted planning permission for construction last […]

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Thomas Heatherwick to build $130 million “treasure island” on New York’s Hudson River

News: first it was a garden bridge to span London’s River Thames, now British designer Thomas Heatherwick is proposing a floating island park for the Hudson River in New York (+ slideshow). Replacing the dilapidated Pier 54, the 10,000-square-metre Pier 55 is conceived as an undulating landscape of performance venues and planting, built over a cluster of mushroom-shaped […]

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Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge soars over first planning hurdle

News: Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge across the River Thames in London has moved a step closer towards construction, after receiving approval from the first of two local councils. The proposed 367-metre bridge set to span the river between the South Bank and Covent Garden was granted planning permission by Lambeth Council by five votes to […]

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Bombay Sapphire distillery photographed by Hufton + Crow

These new images by photographers Hufton + Crow reveal the curving details of the two glasshouses at Thomas Heatherwick’s visitor facility for British gin brand Bombay Sapphire (+ slideshow). Located at an old Victorian paper factory in Hampshire, Laverstoke Mill houses a new distillery within renovated brick buildings, while a pair of curved glass greenhouses […]

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