Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected as the winner of a design competition for the Science Museum in London made possible by a donation of £5m by philanthropists David and Claudia Harding. This is the largest gift ever made to the Science Museum and will fund a mathematics gallery as part of the wider museum masterplan. The ongoing development will transform approximately 1/3 of the museum over the coming five years.
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.”
Renderings released by the Science Museum show characteristically fluid designs by Zaha Hadid Architects, with a grand ceiling structure framing the displays and smooth pedestrian channels throughout. Hadid comments: “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 project - dubbed The David and Claudia Harding Mathematics Gallery - is due to open to the public in 2016 and will be a permanent gallery detailing the lives of mathematicians, their tools and ideas, and how these have created the modern world. This exhibition will be curated by David Rooney.
WAN's Business Information Service advertised the design competition in May 2014. Click here to view the full competition brief.