Heatherwick’s striking sculpture is a cunning disguise for two air vents.
Thomas Heatherwick (b. 1970)
2002, stainless steel
Heatherwick’s striking sculpture is a cunning disguise for two air vents. The structures, standing 11m high, extend from an electricity substation and provide cooling for four subterranean electricity transformers. Repeated isosceles triangles create a complex helical form in a design that evolved from experiments with paper folding. Made of hard stainless steel, the structure has been blasted with tiny glass beads to create a satin finish.
Commissioned by Stanhope plc on behalf of Mitsubishi Estate Company.
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