Old News January 19 2014, 0 Comments

I realise the new London Bus, referred to by many as the ‘Boris Bus’ is old news. I suppose with the first day of service being back in February 2012 makes it so.

So we’re a little slow on things here in South London, I’m sure I took a bendy bus into town just this morning…

The most noticeable features to the new design have to be the reintroduction of the ‘hop on, hop off’ system and the curved back, a little reminiscent of the original Routemaster.

With a little time to kill before meeting a friend on Thursday evening I jumped on the number 38 to Victoria.

As you may know English designer Thomas Heatherwick was tasked with the job of designing the new London bus. Renowned as one of Britain’s most gift designers, Heatherwick was once described by Terrance Conran as "the Leonardo da Vinci of our times".

Not a bad accolade.

Jump on the link to see a short film with Thomas talking about redesigning the iconic red double-decker bus (via Dezeen).

Interestingly, there was no intention to make any particular reference to the original Routemaster. Much of the design detail, such as the curved back and bench seats with a singular hand pole were included for practical and functional reasons.

In his owns words, Thomas explains that most of the places you experience in the world are of a low quality, allowing for a great opportunity to make things better.

Some particular highlights of works include:

B of the Bang, Manchester

Bleigiessen, Wellcome Trust, London

The Rolling Bridge, Paddington, London

East Beach Cafe, Littlehampton

Seed Cathedral, the UK pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron

Maybe Terrance Conran had a point.