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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum shortlisted for ‘World Interior of the Year’

The gallery is designed to bring together remarkable stories and historical artifacts, 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 when the gallery received its 2017 RIBA London Award.

The RIBA 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… the floating pod structure is precisely engineered. The precast concrete benches and new floor surfaces are seamless and refined.”

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.

The Sunday Times described 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.”

The INSIDE World Festival of Interiors awards recognize the people, projects and developments that are changing the face of global interiors. The winner will be announced at the 2017 INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, Arena Berlin, 15-17 November.

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INSIDE World Festival of Interiors

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery