Talent You Should Know : Thomas Heatherwick


Heatherwick Studio's Rolling Bridge is located within a new residential, office and retail quarter set around part of the Grand Union Canal in Paddington, London.

Rather than a conventional opening bridge mechanism, consisting of a single rigid element that lifts to let boats pass, the Rolling Bridge gets out of the way by curling up until its two ends touch. While in its horizontal position, the bridge is a normal, inconspicuous steel and timber footbridge; fully open, it forms a circle on one bank of the water that bears little resemblance to its former self.

Twelve metres long, the bridge is made in eight steel and timber sections, and is made to curl by hydraulic rams set into the handrail between each section.

The Rolling Bridge opens every Friday at noon and won the 2005 British Structural Steel Award.

More of his work here:

Studio Heatherwick

The ErectaSet concept video:

Bridge Demo

The New Yankee Stadium Is Old

If it can be argued that sports stadiums reflect the vision countries have of themselves then the designs above––for America and China respectively––are most revealing.

The new Yankee Stadium currently under construction looks like a cross between the Pentagon and Liberace's mausoleum; the inartful design merely drops a ballpark inside a 1930s-style building.

Club president Randy Levine claims the new ballpark will be "the most spectacular, fan-friendly stadium ever built.

More spectacular than 'The Bird's Nest'? Doubtful, but I'll let you be the jury.

No, this merely reflects a wider problem with corporate America: the safe bet is killing creativity.
Another missed opportunity; another lack of vision; another design-by-committee; another dinosaur brand clinging to its past.

Sadly, when it comes to large-scale architecture America has it's eyes firmly set in the rear-view mirror.

Do tell me I'm wrong.

Rotating Skyscraper

The 80-floor "Dynamic Tower" being built in Dubai will be the world's first rotating skyscraper with luxury apartments on spinning floors, all attached to a central column.

"This building will have endless different shapes," said Italian architect David Fisher unveiling the plans recently in New York.

The 1,378-foot building features 80 apartments that spin a full 360 degrees around a central column by means of 79 power-generating wind turbines located between each floor.

The apartments will take between one and three hours to make a complete rotation, and will range from $3.7 million to $36 million.

But you'll have to wait until 2010 to enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner with a different view.

And no, traffic wasn't brought to a standstill––it's just a lazy photographer who didn't supply the retoucher a series of photos taken over the course of a day.

Tea And Architecture

This wonderful little cafe on the South coast of England fits into its environment like one more pebble on the beach.

The East Beach Café in Littlehampton has won a Royal Institute of British Architects regional prize
with the judges describing the café as "both strange and captivating; weird but lovable."

Built of quarter-inch thick mild steel, architect Thomas Heatherwick said he aimed to build a "functional and durable structure on a tight budget...one that fit into the raw beauty of its surroundings."

Earl Grey and cucumber sandwiches might never be the same again.

East Beach Cafe

Big Brother House

Pictures of the biggest-yet Big Brother house have been released ahead of the ninth series of the UK reality TV show.

Smokers in the house are required to sit or stand outdoors in an oversize ashtray. (Call it confinement within confinement).

Might this be the solution for the smokers of Central Park's Sheep's Meadow?