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Zaha wins Science Museum maths gallery job

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Zaha Hadid has won the competition for the Science Museum’s new £5 million mathematics gallery

The Stirling and Priztker Prize-winner defeated Carmody Groarke, Hugh Broughton, Casper Mueller Kneer, Adam Richards Architects  and Universal Design Studio to bag the project.

Planned to open in 2016, the new gallery will focus on the ‘stories, tools and ideas’ behind mathematics from the 17th century to the present.

The exhibition has been supported by a £5 million gift from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation.  

Museum director, Ian Blatchford said: ‘This is a game-changing gift to the museum, and it is my hope that this will inspire further transformational philanthropy.

He continued: ‘With this gallery we want to evoke the kind of excitement around mathematics as our Collider exhibition has done around particle physics and with Zaha Hadid’s extraordinary designs this project is off to the best start imaginable.

‘This appointment reflects our ambition to deliver the world’s foremost gallery of mathematics both in its collection and its design.’

Hadid added: ‘The design explores the many influences of mathematics in our everyday lives; transforming seemingly abstract mathematical concepts into an exciting interactive experience for visitors of all ages.’

The appointment is the fourth commission to be awarded by the South Kensington museum in the past four months.

Just last week Muf was chosen to design a new £4 million interactive exhibition and in August Wilkinson Eyre was selected for a new £24 million suite of medical galleries.

All three projects will be inside the west London museum’s historic Richard Allison-designed main building and adjacent Centre Block.

In May Coffey Architects was meanwhile chosen to design a new £1.8 million library inside the museum’s Wellcome Wolfson Building, completed by MJP at the turn of the millennium.

The four projects are all part of a revised £60 million, first-stage redevelopment programme which has emerged following the demise of Wilkinson Eyre’s original £150 million regeneration vision in 2011. 

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  • I think Zaha deserves to win. The design itself looks like it's been mathematically designed and the interior spaces inspires the viewer to experience 'mathematics' which I should say, is a new experience.
    Besides Zaha is a Math degree holder, so this project should be close to her heart.

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