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New Mathematics Gallery in London
South Kensington Interior, England – design by Zaha Hadid Architects
11 Sep 2014
New Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum, London
Unprecedented £5 million donation and world-renowned architect combine to bring mathematics to life at the Science Museum
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Science Museum receives largest ever individual donation from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation to support ambitious mathematics project.
Zaha Hadid Architects win competition to design world’s foremost gallery of mathematics
Zaha Hadid Architects have been chosen by the Science Museum to design a pioneering new mathematics gallery, made possible by the largest individual donation ever made to the museum from long-standing supporters of science David and Claudia Harding.
Welcoming the £5 million gift, Science Museum Director, Ian Blatchford said: “David and Claudia stand out among philanthropists as dedicated champions of science. We are determined to match their enormous generosity with the ambition we show in harnessing our world-class collections to tell the stories of how mathematicians have helped to shape the world. This is a game-changing gift to the museum, and it is my hope that this will inspire further transformational philanthropy.
“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.”
The permanent gallery will tell stories that place mathematics at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the world from the turn of the 17th century to the present. Zaha Hadid’s pioneering practice has embodied this idea by anchoring engineering and mathematical thinking throughout their designs.
Zaha Hadid, who studied maths at the American University in Beirut, said: “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.”
David Harding has a long record of working with the Science Museum Group, both as an individual and through the business he founded, Winton Capital Management. Recent projects include support for the Collider exhibition and tour, Information Age and the Science Museum’s educational work. He said: “We hope the gallery will bring pleasure and interest to Science Museum visitors and feel privileged to be able to associate ourselves with it. Mathematics is a fascinating and mysterious but, for some, forbidding subject. The new gallery has been created to convey something of that fascination in a way that will appeal to a wide audience.”
The David and Claudia Harding Mathematics Gallery will open in 2016 and will be curated by David Rooney, who led the delivery of the award-winning Codebreaker exhibition about the life of Alan Turing.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid said: “Mathematics is an absolutely vital part of a rounded education. So it is great news that the Science Museum is to have a new gallery, helping to bring it alive and make it meaningful for everyone. And with Zaha Hadid to design it, I’m sure the end product will delight and amaze all who come to see it.
“But this would not be possible without the outstanding generosity of David and Claudia Harding. Their philanthropic gesture creates a legacy which will benefit millions for generations to come.”
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, said: “Galileo once stated that the ‘book of nature is written in mathematical characters’. However, in a country as good at science as the UK it is vexing that people will openly laugh about being bad at maths while they would be ashamed to admit that they are bad at reading. It is great news that the Science Museum, which has so many young people coming through its doors every year, is going to celebrate both the importance and the joy of maths.”
The Mathematics Gallery is being delivered as part of the Science Museum’s Masterplan, which will transform around a third of the museum over the next five years.
New Mathematics Gallery – Building Information
The Science Museum, London UK
Director: Ian Blatchford
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
ZHA Project Director: Charles Walker
ZHA Lead Designer: Shajay Bhooshan
ZHA Project Architect: Bidisha Sinha
ZHA Project Team: Shajay Bhooshan, Bidisha Sinha, Mostafa El Sayed, Suryansh Chandra, Vishu Bhooshan
ZHA Competition Team: Design Team: Shajay Bhooshan, Mostafa El Sayed , Suryansh Chandra, Vishu Bhooshan, Henry David Louth, Weber Ramon Elias
Structure / M&E: Arup
Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
New Mathematics Gallery images / information from Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: The Science Museum, London, England, UK
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