Mathematics: The Winton Gallery in the Science Museum in London

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery – Science Museum Londen

Zaha Hadid Architects

Londen, Exhibition Rd (Kensington)

2014 – 2016

Zaha Hadid

If you know me a little, then you know that I am a fan of architect Zaha Hadid. Already in my student days I followed her projects and after she designed the new Port House in Antwerp I was even a bigger fan. If we are somewhere and there is a Hadid project in the area, then I must have seen it … Also when we left for a city trip to London. In the Science Museum, the architects had designed the mathematics exhibition.

Mathematics

Hadid was the designated person for the development of this exhibition. She first studied mathematics at the university in Beirut before moving to London to study architecture. The exhibition tells the story of 400 years of mathematics applications in all kinds of innovations. Patrick Schumacher explains in a video how the mathematics is also in the design.

Total work of art

They wanted to make mathematics tangible by using the movements of the wind on an airplane. And not any aircraft, but the one that hangs in the middle of the room. The Handley Page from 1929 is also the largest piece in the exhibition. All displays and even the benches are organized by the wind waves. This makes it a total work of art.

The Winton Gallery

The Science Museum has compiled a video about the 10 “must see” objects in the exhibition. They mention, among other things, the aircraft hanging in the middle and the most powerful computer for WWII, the Enigma. But they also find a stargazer and a cupboard with standard weights from around the world collected by English diplomats worth viewing.

The Winton Gallery

 

Zaha Hadid Architects

Londen, Exhibition Rd (Kensington)

2014 – 2016

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