Artist, architect, a modern da Vinci — the critics don’t quite know how to describe Thomas Heatherwick. All they know is that they love his designs.
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To create this outdoor sculpture at the Wellcome Trust in London, Heatherwick first made a 2-inch-long blob by pouring molten metal into water. The form was digitized with a 3-D face scanner borrowed from a hospital near Heatherwick’s studio. The scanner’s modeling program assigned coordinates to every pixel, and each was then made into a glass bead 1.6 inches in diameter. 26,732 stainless steel wires support the beads, and small springs at the base of each wire keep the 100-foot-high sculpture taut and in place.
This small outdoor retreat of aluminum punctured by 5,000 tubes derives its name from the Scottish pronunciation of the words sit out. The square, hollow tubes, also of aluminum, are capped with transparent orange acrylic. Each tube points to the exact center of the structure, so a single light source can illuminate them all. They also serve a structural purpose, supporting the whole building like a bed of nails..
The Rolling Bridge at Paddington Basin in London runs on hydraulics. To retract it, an 11-kW hydraulic pump drives a master cylinder 16 inches in diameter, which in turn drives a series of 6-inch slave cylinders. These power 14 vertical shafts beneath the bridge’s hinged handrails. As the shafts rise, the railings fold in, causing the 39-foot span to curl. Because all the cylinders are driven at a constant rate regardless of the load on each bridge segment, the structure moves smoothly, taking two minutes to open or close. The pumps and related equipment are housed in the basement of an adjoining building, so the bridge is almost silent as it operates.
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