Established 1994 in London, Heatherwick Studio has undertaken innovative projects to become one of the most closely-watched design teams in the world. Founder Thomas Heatherwick (born 1970 in UK) recounts how he would often find himself moved during his childhood by the “soulfulness” of small things that were made by craftspeople and artisans. Can the sprawling buildings and urban spaces that make our cities and towns also be imbued with this soulfulness? This is a question that often forms one of the key starting points for a project at Heatherwick Studio. Every design is rooted in a belief that even projects as large as a city should be based on human-scale, while harnessing the energies of the natural world and memories contained within architecture into new designs. At the core of this approach is the creation of places for gathering, dialogue, recreation, and enjoyment, instead of the design of “hard” elements that so often characterize products and buildings. Even as the Studio studies the history of objects and places, researches a wide spectrum of materials, and pays homage to traditional craftsmanship, their spaces, which deploy the latest developments in engineering, are replete with innovative ideas that seem to have eluded everyone else.
In this exhibition, the Studio’s major projects are showcased from six different viewpoints: “Coming Together;” “Connecting with Everyone;” “Experiencing Sculptural Space;” “Feeling Nature in Urban Space;” “Bringing Memories to the Future;” and “Playing and Using” - where we will explore what type of architecture brings with it the sort of kindness, beauty, intellectual stimulation and empathy that move the human heart.
Heatherwick Studio: Building Soulfulness
|Organizer||Mori Art Museum|
|Curated by||Kataoka Mami (Director, Mori Art Museum)|