The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is set to open a retrospective on the studio of Thomas Heatherwick, one of the most exciting British designers alive today.
Heatherwick has made a name for himself manipulating materials in all sorts of strange, seductive ways. He’s built everything from tin-foil huts to a half-brilliant-half-terrifying Pinhead-shaped pavilion to a bridge that curls up like an extra-slow slap bracelet.
Heatherwick Studio has just released its design for a biomass station on the banks of the River Tees in British town Stockton-on-Tees, for British company BEI.
The facility is expected to pump out 49 MWe--enough to power 50,000 homes. Those homes are expected to see their per capita carbon footprint cut by as much as 80%, since the electricity will be generated simply by biomass generators that will burn palm kernel shells, rather than coal.