thomas heatherwick: making
thomas heatherwick: making thomas heatherwick: making
may 30, 2012

thomas heatherwick: making

aerial view of the doha grand hotel in doha

author: thomas heatherwick publisher: the monacelli press year: 2012 size: 599 pages, 21.5 x 25 cm

ISBN: 978-1-580993-344-6


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‘the intention is not to persuade others to adopt any single approach to design or to promote any one philosophy but only to try to explain the thinking that went into each project and tell the story of how our ideas developed.’ – thomas heatherwick, author and architect

content this volume demonstrates the evolution of methodologies, product design, installations and buildings produced by the london-based firm, heatherwick studio over a time span of two decades. presented in a chronological format and subdivided by documentation of their annual christmas card tradition, this compilation introduces the experimental techniques and processes involved in the generation and implementation of their expansive portfolio.

documented with initial sketches, drawings, renderings and detailed photographs taken during both phases of production and completion, this colorful depiction shows the broad expanse of their practice’s work.

is it for me? if you are interested in expanding your knowledge of materials, fabrication and construction techniques for projects at a variety of scales, then this book is for you.

doha grand hotel (p 470-471) image © designboom

interior view of ‘pacific place’ in hong kong

aerial view of ‘pacific place’ (p 392-393)

excerpt of documentation of ‘pacific place’ (p 392-393) image © designboom

‘the teesside power station’ in stockton, england

competition proposal for london’s new cable car (p 545-555) image © designboom

‘rolling bridge’ in paddington basin, london

‘rendering of the baku tea house’ in baku, azerjaijan (p 527)

electricity pylon to minimize the silhouette of the structure on the british landscape (p 582-583) image © designboom

christmas card from 2008 image © designboom

the card was formed by cutting the address into folded paper, creating a unique snowflake for every recipient

salviati glass furniture – can blown glass be structural? (p 306-307) image © designboom

study of making objects from a single piece of zipper (p 169-170) image © designboom

cover of ‘making’ by thomas heatherwickimage © designboom


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