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