Thomas Heatherwick’s love-hate relationship with the British press has taken a bitter turn of late. But, with a host of landmark projects about to be launched across the world, he is no mood to take a step back. For Icon 173, James McLachlan caught up with the multifaceted artist, architect and designer.
Aside from its natural beauty, Cape Town plays host to numerous interesting and unusual architectural projects.
Critics were generally not impressed, but a few locals and tourists couldn't get enough of its views designed for selfies
This grand survivor from Victorian London is about to be revitalised as a cultural hub and exhibition hall by Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC Architecture
Design Indaba 2018 once again lured a roster of international designers, filmmakers, musicians and other artists to Cape Town. And its spirit of optimism in the face of political and ecological turmoil proved infectious
In our latest issue, we interview superstar designer Heatherwick as he prepares to launch a host of landmark projects around the world
The designer’s first permanent building in Asia is a series of staggered towers that rise up out of a university campus like a grove of vast palm trees
Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Heatherwick, Frei Otto and the Apple Watch were among the popular subjects on iconeye.com over the past seven days
For his Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University, the designer has rethought the traditional campus building
Thomas Heatherwick, Jeremy Deller and Antony Gormley are among those tackling the marginalisation of creative subjects in schools as part of a nationwide initiative to get students designing and making, says Sorrell Foundation director Sorrel Hershberg
The designer's dramatic glasshouses for Bombay Sapphire's new distillery in Hampshire resemble a Tim Burton-like fantasy of a factory, says Christopher Turner
Thomas Heatherwick has unveiled plans to convert a giant concrete grain silo on the Cape Town waterfront into the continent’s first museum devoted to contemporary African art. It is already proving to be one of the British designer’s most heartfelt projects, says Christopher Turner
Each spring creatives from around the globe migrate to Cape Town, as they have for the past twenty years, for a summit that explores how innovative ideas might help Africa
Italian collective Breaking the Mould’s collaboration with Salviati, and the resulting exhibition at London’s Aram Gallery, is a bid to revive the fortunes of glass.
Icon 116 is devoted to Japan. Nearly two years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the north of the country in March 2011, we revisit the disaster areas where architects and designers, including Toyo Ito’s KISYN group, are now helping to rebuild local communities. On the cover is Kengo Kuma, the master of “deceptive minimalism”, and we also talk to rising stars Takram Design Engineering.
The sight of 204 copper torches rising to form one vast bowl of flame was an extraordinary finale to the London 2012 opening ceremony. It was also one of the highlights of an extraordinary 12 months for designer Thomas Heatherwick – who is also the winner of Icon of the year, an award decided by public vote.