New bus for London by Thomas Heatherwick

This is the prototype of Thomas Heatherwick‘s redesign of the iconic routemaster bus for London, unveiled last week.Heatherwick Studio, in January 2010, joined the team leading the design of a New Bus for London, working alongside specialist bus manufacturer, Wrightbus.

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Here are some more details from Heatherwick Studio:

The project marks the first time in more than 50 years that TfL has commissioned and overseen the development of a bus built specifically for London.

New bus for London by Thomas Heatherwick (6)

The external design has been developed to reflect the functional requirements of the vehicle. A long asymmetric front window provides the driver with clear kerbside views, while a wrapped glazing panel reflects passenger circulation – bringing more daylight into the bus and offering views out over London.



New bus for London by Thomas Heatherwick (5)

The bus reinstates one of the much-loved features of the 1950s Routemaster which offered the open platform at its rear.

New bus for London by Thomas Heatherwick (4)

New bus for London by Thomas Heatherwick (3)

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New bus for London by Thomas Heatherwick (1)