Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Routemaster buses is located in London, United Kingdom. Is there anything more typically British than a red Routemaster bus on a wet, windswept day? Millions of tourists return home after trips to the capital year after year with fridge magnets, rubbers, t-shirts and baseball caps all emblazoned with the iconic red London buses. It came as no great shock therefore that the former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone came under attack from many British traditionalists when he announced his decision to scrap the beloved Routemasters several years ago.
After a speculative redesign of the buses by Alan Ponsford appeared in Autocar magazine, Transport of London launched an official international design competition for architects and designers to attempt the same. This competition was jointly won by Ponsford’s own design consultancy, Capoco, and renowned architect Norman Foster. The tender was won by Irish firm Wrightbus, who had recently hired Thomas Heatherwick (whose studio has recently completed the stunning UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo).