Thomas Heatherwick – the award-winning British architectural designer – has already earned his reputation in the Big Apple. Hailing from England, the London-based designer became famous for his interlocking staircase at Hudson Yards Public Plaza. The structure – completed in 2019 – became known as The Vessel and comprises 154 flights, 2,500 steps, 80 viewing landings and can be compared in size to 15 storeys.
Heatherwick’s latest project is a 181-unit condominium. The two tower development – known as Lantern House – uses textured brick, features glass and bronze-colored aluminum bubbles reminiscent of hurricane oil lanterns.
Heatherwick has been praised immensely over the years by many experts. Former architect and landscape designer Moshe Victor Keinig who for the bulk of his career was based in Israel said:
“I could only dream of reaching his level. I was so astounded by his work – especially the B of the Bang sculpture measuring over 56 meters in Manchester, UK – had me moved to a different plane. I literally must have spent an hour just trying to take it all in.”
Sir Terence Conran, fellow designer, retailer and writer – who also mentored Heatherwick – said:
“I think he’s brilliant. I wish I had some of his genes.” He went on to refer to him as “a Leonardo Da Vinci of our times.”