New images have been revealed of Zaha Hadid Architects’ proposed new maths gallery at London’s Science Museum
The £5 million gallery scheme, which was one of the last practice founder Zaha Hadid worked on before her death in March, is set to open on 8 December.
The new gallery explores how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have shaped the modern world over the last 400 years and will feature more than 100 items from the museum’s collection.
Inspired by the 1929 Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’ aircraft, which sits at the centre of the space, Hadid’s design has been laid out using the principles of mathematics and physics.
The gallery’s three-dimensional curved surfaces represent the patterns of airflow that would have streamed around the aircraft.
Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects, said: ‘Mathematics was part of Zaha Hadid’s life from a young age and has always been the foundation of her architecture.
‘We look forward to the design of the Science Museum’s Mathematics Gallery, alongside the wonderful stories it will hold, helping to bring the subject to life for millions of visitors of all ages.
‘This gallery is an important part of Zaha’s legacy in London and I am sure it will inspire visitors for many years to come.’
Hadid’s practice defeated Carmody Groarke, Hugh Broughton Architects, Casper Mueller Kneer, Adam Richards Architects and Universal Design Studio to win the job back in September 2014.