Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick considers each project an "experiment". The Briton is known for his unusual design.

British architect Thomas Heatherwick was born on 17 February 1970 in London. He completed school at the Sevenoaks School in Kent in Southeast England. After this, he studied 3D - Design at Manchester Polytechnic in Manchester and the Royal College of Art in London. After graduating, success was soon to come. In 1997, Heatherwick designed an installation named “Atrium Intrusion” for the British department store Harvey Nichols on the occasion of the Fashion Week. It consisted of a 200 meter long wooden element, hung around the façade like net lace. The design received the D&AD Gold award.

Thomas Heatherwick Studio

His own bureau came into being in 1994 in London. The name Heatherwick Studio gives a hint on what to expect. Apart from architecture, Heatherwick also designs design objects. His mentor Terence Conran calls him a “modern Leonardo da Vinci“. He himself sees his work as “creative problem solution”, he compares his projects with “experiments”. Distinguishing his projects between small, medium-sized and large emphasizes the multi-façetedness of his work. From the ladies’ handbag via the Rolling Bridge in London down to the Seed Cathedral in Shanghai, Heatherwick convinces with comprehensive design tasks.


Selection of projects :

·         Lead casting, Wellcome Trust, London

·         Blue Carpet, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

·         The Rolling Bridge, Paddington Basin, London

·         Longchamp store in the SoHo district of New York City

·         "Zip Bag" handbag for Longchamp

·         Studios Complex at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University


Selection of awards:

·         Honorary Fellow of the RIBA

·         Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art

·         D&AD Yellow Pencil, (Gold Award) 1997

·         Prince Philip Designers Prize and in 2006

·         Tokyo Designers Week, Designer of the year 2010



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