Last week, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Science museum in London confirmed that the architecture firm will be producing a new €6.4 Million permanent exhibition gallery in the museum. The new mathematics gallery from the Iraqi-British Architect Is one of the centrepieces to a proposed €76 Million investment to renovate the iconic museum.
The proposal calls for the radical, space-age forms synonymous with Zaha Hadid, The centrepiece of the gallery will be a 1929 British Handley Page aeroplane, spanning 12-metres across its wings, suspended from the ceiling. This aeroplane will define the characteristics of the space. Due to the mathematical theme of gallery, the forms and lines of the gallery take exact inspiration from the aerodynamic airflow that would travel over the plane during flight.
The central structures that help to support and hold the aeroplane are defined by maths too, working out the wing vortices that the plane would create in flight and combining it into this stunning and complex 3 dimensional form.
"With this gallery we want to evoke the kind of excitement around mathematics as our other exhibitions have in the field of science" museum director Ian Blatchford remarked "and with Zaha Hadid's extraordinary designs this project is off to the best start imaginable.”
The lighting and flow of the exhibition space is dominated by the central space, however the individual stands are all constructed using intricate and flowing forms to represent the movement of air, the floor lights take on the lines of travel for the airflow as it passes around the central aeroplane
Upon completion in 2016 the Mathematics gallery is set to be one of London's newest must visit pieces of exhibition design. It will present the big ideas and tools used throughout the story of mathematics from the 17th century to the modern era. Check out this dezeen short explaining the concept further.