Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Blue Carpet

One more masterpiece to capture from Heatherwick Studios...the'Blue Carpet' town square in Newcastle. A breathtakingly elegant and sensitive approach to urban planning and the first town square commission for the UK in a century.

"The space was unified with a single surface using tiles, developed for the project over four years, consisting of blue glass from recycled Harvey's Bristol Cream bottles set in white resin. The surface articulates around trees and distorts as it meets buildings, and is perforated around bollards and peeled back to form benches." [quote from the Heatherwick Studio website]

The Seed Cathedral

I've just been marvelling at the beautiful, inspiring work of Thomas Heatherwick. I would love to visit the British Pavillion or 'Seed Cathedral' at the Shanghai Expo.

"The studio’s concept is an enclosure that throws out from all faces a mass of long, radiating cilia. Their length means they gently sway in response to any wind movement. It rests on its soft forest in an urban field, surrounded by a concrete canopy that resembles unfolded wrapping paper."