Thomas Heatherwick word erken as beide kunstenaar en argitek. Hy is internasionale ontwerper van London.
Hy is mees bekend vir sy innoverende gebruik van ingenieurswese en materiale in publieke monumente.
Hy is opgelei by die Manchester Metropolitan University en die Royal College of Art in Londen. In 1994 het hy die Heatherwick ateljee gestig. Die ateljee se werk wissel van kommersiële en residensiële bouprojekte, meesterbeplanning en infrastruktuurskemas tot hoë profiel publieke kunswerke. Heatherwick voel dat die genre van publieke kuns gewoonlik sterk verbind is met plek en hy probeer so veel as moontlik om ruimtes verbruikers-vriendelik te maak. Die Rolling Bridge was ontwerp vir London’s Paddington Basin, UK. Dit lig van die grond af op. Sierlik en amper stil boog dit opwaarts en krul in balvorm. En dan stadig, ontkrul dit en een kant punt na die lug, voor dit terugbeweeg na die grond. Die Rolling Bridge werk met hidromeganika. Al die silinders word met konstante snelheid aangedryf ongeag die lading op die segmente, beweeg die struktuur glad en neem twee minute om oop of toe te maak. Die pompe en ander toerusting word geherberg in aansluitende gebou met die gevolg dat die brug amper heeltemal stil is wanneer dit oop of toe maak.
Thomas Heatherwick is an English designer known for innovative use of engineering
and materials in public monuments and sculptures. He heads Heatherwick Studio, a design and architecture studio, which he founded in 1994. The studio’s work spans from commercial and residential building projects, masterplanning and infrastructure schemes to high profile works of public art. He is both a social and environmental designer.
His aim is to to bring architecture, design and sculpture together
within a single practice.
One of his social projects was a huge sculpture entitled B of theBang
The B of the Bang was a £1.42 million 56m-high sculpture of 180 giant steel spikes, erected outside the City of Manchester Stadium. The social importance of this design is to commemorate the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Soon after it was completed in 2004, one spike broke off and fell 100ft to the ground and later another was found to be loose. Although no-one had been injured, eventually 22 spikes were removed as a safety measure. The object was re-welded and fenced off, but continued to cause concern. The sculptural installation was removed in 2009.
Another social design projects was to co-design the replacement of the iconic London Routemaster Bus for TFL (2011). They kept the red iconic colour and designed a sleek, aerodynamic bus. The bus is flooded with light because of the sleek window pane that runs smoothly from the back to the front of the bus. The social impact is that people find climbing the stairs much easier because there is more natural light to see where they are going. Typical of Postmodernism, the design is characterised by deconstruction or fragmentation.
Spun Seat for Magis(2010)
He presented these spinning top chairs at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. These chairs are shaped like a spinning top and made of spun steel and copper. The general idea is to use these indoors or outdoors and while you are seated to spin and interact with other groups of people. These chairs are beneficial in that they provide a form of exercise whilst in use.
The East Beach Café is a building on Littlehampton Sea Front, West Sussex, U.K. Commissioned in 2005 the large steel structure houses a café by day and restaurant in the evening. The concept allows the steel to rust and the colours to develop over time before being fixed in transparent oil. Its social benefit is that it allows for an exciting aesthetic experience.
Curlingbridge or Rollingbridge at Paddington Basin (London)
This is an amazing design. When this bridge is not in use, this social design rolls up and folds into an octagon form which can then be appreciated for its aesthetic and sculptural qualities, making this a good example of a fusion of art and design.