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Thomas Heatherwick Studio

16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG

Tel: 0207 833 8800

Fax: 0207 888 8400

Thomas Heatherwick is a young multi-disciplinary designer who set up a studio and workshop in 1994 to combine skills of architecture, public art and design.

The Studio's work is based around a passion for form and ideas and a hands-on approach to design and construction. This is reflected in the design team led by Thomas Heatherwick which includes professionals from various disciplines: architecture, 3D design, landscape architecture, product design and structural engineering.

Previous projects have included a plywood gazebo for SirTerence Conran, an experimental polycarbonate and aluminium pavilion for Hat Hill Sculpture Foundation and an installation for the windows at The Conran Shop, London.

The studio's best known project was the D&AD Gold award-winning addition to the front of Harvey Nichols in London. The piece wove in and out of the shop's sixty-metre long windows, climbing ten metres up the facade of the building before sweeping back into the interior window spaces.

Two years ago the studio won the competition to design the first new public square in Newcastle city centre. Following a successful application to the arts lottery board, the scheme is now in detail designphase which includes all street furniture, exterior detailing, specification and lighting.

Currently the studio is working on a public square in Worcester; the first all-glass pedestrian footbridge being developed with engineer Anthony Hunt; a public art project in Birmingham; and isdesigning a 'sitooterie'for English Heritage at Belsay House in Northumberland. The studio is also working on a civic space in Barking, a public art projectin Southwark, and is producing the façade of the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill.

The Materials House, the main exhibit in the Science Museum's new Challenge of Materials gallery; the exhibition design of 'Identity Crisis', the final exhibition in the Glasgow 1999 programme of events; and an installation for the new Conran Restaurant in New York have recently been completed.