|UK Pavillion, Shanghai World Expo|
What if . . . In a way, Thomas Heatherwick is the Diana Vreeland of architecture—while the former editor of Vogue urged us to think out of the box by asking "Why don't you . . ." followed by something unexpected, whimsical and often outrageous—Heatherwick asks, "What if . . ." before a commission, filling in the blanks with inventive, boy-genius solutions that are as beautiful as they are astonishing in their creativity and use of materials.
The models for London-based Heatherwick Studios' most inspiring works—along with photographs and videos of the resulting constructions—are on display at the Nasher Sculpture Center in a show called Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio. You'll be inspired by how Heatherwick's mind works (the links under each photo will take you to detailed descriptions).
|Rolling Bridge, Grand Union canal at Paddington Basin, London|
|Pedestrian garden bridge across the Thames|
|40-story hotel in Hong Kong|
|Al Fayah park, Abu Dhabi|
|Redesign of the iconic London bus uses 40% less fuel|