English designer and the founder of London-based design practice Heatherwick Studio
Thomas Alexander Heatherwick, (born 17 February 1970) is an English designer and the founder of London-based design practice Heatherwick Studio. He has been described as one of Britain's most significant designers. He works with a team of around 200 architects, designers and makers from a studio and workshop in King's Cross, London.
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. His other projects have included the renovation of the Hong Kong Pacific Place, the now-cancelled Garden Bridge, a proposed plan for a biomass power station in BEI-Teesside, and the Vessel in New York City.
The British government - any government - is potentially the worst [architectural] client in the world.
Museums just seem to have this borrowed cachet—if I want to seem cultural, I will design something cultural. I resist the idea that culture is only opera houses or theatres. Culture is your entire life around you: toilets, the bus, the kerb or the dump where you drag your waste. Culture has come to mean the arts, but it’s swimming pools as well.
I have a strong sense that every project is an invention, which is not a word I hear being used in architecture courses
At the root of everything I do is a fascination with ideas – what ideas are for, what jobs they do.