Heatherwick Studio stands as a beacon of innovation in the design and architecture industry, dedicated to making the physical world around us better for everyone. Founded on the principle of creating soulful and interesting places that embrace and celebrate the complexities of the real world, the studio operates without a signature style, driven instead by the human experience. This approach has led Heatherwick Studio to work on large-scale projects worldwide, prioritizing those with the greatest public benefit.
The studio's commitment to sustainability is evident in their focus on social sustainability, integrating nature into their designs, and striving for creativity alongside science to tackle the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. Their work spans multiple scales, typologies, and locations, challenging clients to exceed usual boundaries and legal requirements for a positive impact on society and the environment.
Notable projects by Heatherwick Studio include the transformation of London’s Coal Drops Yard, which revitalized two Victorian industrial buildings into a new retail quarter and public space, and the innovative design of EDEN in Singapore, a radical departure from conventional tower typologies, creating homes within a lush garden setting. The studio has also made significant contributions to public spaces and infrastructure, such as the Rolling Bridge in London's Paddington Basin, which transforms itself to allow boats to pass through, and the proposed Garden Bridge across the River Thames, designed to connect North and South London with a garden.
One of the studio's most acclaimed projects is the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa. This project involved the adaptive reuse of a historic grain silo to create Africa’s first international museum dedicated to contemporary African art. The studio’s innovative approach preserved the silo's industrial character while transforming its concrete tubes into spaces to display art.
Heatherwick Studio's work has garnered over 100 international awards for design excellence, reflecting its impact on design and architecture on a global scale. The studio continues to push the boundaries of design, crafting spaces that not only serve their functional purposes but also inspire and provoke delight.