Mathematics: The Winton Gallery wins RIBA London Award.
The gallery is designed to bring together remarkable stories and historical artefacts, highlighting the central role of mathematical practice in all our lives. “This pioneering project has vastly increased visitor numbers to the Mathematics Gallery and is an exemplar project in how architecture can be central to successful curatorial development,” explained the RIBA awards jury.
The RIBA jury citation continues, “The project is finished to an exacting standard, whilst robust enough to handle the 3.5million visitors the Science Museum attracts each year. Walls are subtly modelled in gypsum; the floating pod structure is precisely engineered and the precast concrete benches and new floor surfaces are seamless and refined.” Positioned at the centre of the gallery is the Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’ aeroplane, built in 1929 for a competition to construct safe aircraft. Ground-breaking aerodynamic research influenced the wing design of this experimental aeroplane. The three-dimensional curved surfaces of the gallery represent the air that would have flowed around this historic aircraft in flight.
Curator David Rooney said, “Mathematical practice underpins so many aspects of our lives and work. Bringing together these remarkable stories, people and exhibits in this new gallery is inspiring visitors to think about the role of mathematics in a new light.” The #SundayTimes agreed, describing the new gallery as “an environment that fills you with wonder… I found myself uplifted by something pure, floaty and mysterious: the beauty of maths.” @ScienceMuseum @RIBALondon @RIBA #London #Architecture #ZahaHadid 📸 @lukehayes_uk