Over the next four days the AJ takes a look at the architects who have made the headlines this year. Next up: Thomas Heatherwick
It wasn’t just the controversial £175 million Garden Bridge that continued to dominate the headlines in 2015, so did its designer Thomas Heatherwick.
The designer was recognised with the AJ120 Contribution to the Profession Award. More than 1,600 architecture staff nominated Heatherwick for this year’s accolade, choosing the Garden Bridge-designer as the one person they thought should be recognised for his services to architecture.
Heatherwick isn’t just making headlines in the UK architecture world - he is also gaining more work further afield.
The designer is working with Danish-stars BIG on Google’s California headquarters. The scheme, which will house 20,000 Google staff and has been dubbed North Bayshore, features moveable ‘lightweight block-like structures’ sitting under large translucent canopies described by Ingels as a ‘simple, super-transparent membrane’.
He was also announced as the winner of the job to renovate the Lincoln Centre’s David Geffen Hall in New York.
While here in the UK, Heatherwick Studio (again working with BIG) is set to takeover from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris on Google’s delayed King’s Cross HQ.
The practice’s long-awaited scheme for the Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross was given the go-ahead and it also won planning for a new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of St James’s University Hospital in Leeds.
Heatherwick Studio schemes granted planning in 2015