Join from memory threads. Azabudai Hills by Heatherwick Studio

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Heatherwick Studio. Lead architect.- Thomas Heatherwick.
Group Leader.- Neil Hubbard.
Project Leader.- Michael Lewis.
Project team
Adam Peacock, Adriana Cabello, Ana Diez Lopez, Alberto Dominguez, Andy McConachie, Artur Zakrzewski, Aurelie de Boissieu, Ayumi Konishi, Charlotte McCarthy, Chi Chung, Dimitrije Miletić, Elli Liverakou, Etain Ho, Etienne de Vadder, Gabriel Belli Butler, Ho-ping Hsia, Ian Atkins, Iván Linares Quero, Jacob Neal, Jorge Xavier Mendez-Caceres, Jose Marquez, Kacper Chmielewski, Kanru Liu, Kao Onishi, Katerina Joannides, Ken Sheppard, Laura Barr, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Luis Sacristan, Luke Snow, Mat Cash, Megan Burke, Michael Cheung, Nic Bornman, Nicolas Leguina, Nicolas Ombres, Nilufer Kocabas, Ondrej Tichy, Paalan Lakhani, Paul Brooke, Philipp Nedomlel, Ruby Law, Sayaka Namba, Silena Patsalidou, Silvia Rueda, Steven Ascensao, Takashi Tsurumaki, Ville Saarikoski, Wang Fung Chan, Yanny Ren.
Project Manager.- Elisa Simonetti.
Technical Design Lead.- Andy McConachie.
Executive Architect (Plots A/B2).- Nihon Sekkei.
Executive Architect (Plot B1).- Nikken Sekkei.
Executive Architect (Plot C).- Yamashita Sekkei.
Tower Designer.- Pelli Clarke & Partners.
Interior Designer (Plot A - Retail).- A.N.D Nomura Co., Ltd.
Interior Designer (Plot A - Residence).- Yabu Pushelberg.
Interior Designer (Plot B1 - Residence).- Marco Costanzi Architects.
Interior Designer (Plot B2 - Residence).- SCDA (Soo Chan Architects).
Brief.- Winkreative.
Lighting Design (Retail Interiors).- Light Design Inc.
Lighting Design (Event Space Canopy).- L’Observatoire International.
Lighting Design (Landscape).- Sirius Lighting Office.
Retail Entrance Design (Plot A).- Sou Fujimoto Architects.
Obayashi Corporation (Plot C), Shimizu Corporation (Plots A and B2), Sumitomo Mitsui Construction (Plot B1).
Mori Building Company.
81,000 sqm.
November 2023.
Tokyo, Japan.


Thomas Heatherwick established in 1994, Heatherwick Studio recognised for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, design and strategic thinking. Today a team of 180, including architects, designers and makers, works from a combined studio and workshop in Kings Cross, London.

At the heart of the studio’s work is a profound commitment to finding innovative design solutions, with a dedication to artistic thinking and the latent potential of materials and craftsmanship. This is achieved through a working methodology of collaborative rational inquiry, undertaken in a spirit of curiosity and experimentation.

In the twenty years of its existence, Heatherwick Studio has worked in many countries, with a wide range of commissioners and in a variety of regulatory environments. Through this experience, the studio has acquired a high level of expertise in the design and realisation of unusual projects, with a particular focus on the large scale.

The studio’s work includes a number of nationally significant projects for the UK, including the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the New Bus for London.

Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; a Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum; and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Royal College of Art, University of Dundee, University of Brighton, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Manchester.

He has won the Prince Philip Designers Prize, and, in 2004, was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. In 2010, Thomas was awarded the RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize and the London Design Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to design.

In 2013 Thomas was awarded a CBE for his services to the design industry.





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