27 July 2017
Winton Gallery on world stage
The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum has been shortlisted for a global award, World Interior of the Year.
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and delivered by Paragon in collaboration with Lendlease, Gardiner & Theobald, and Arup, the project is up against other exemplary London projects including Google’s Kings Cross project, and The Leathersellers Hall in the City of London.
The Winton Gallery’s centrepiece is a Handley Page ‘Gugnuc’, a wooden biplane design of the late 1920’s, and a demonstration the science of the airflow around it, while the rest of the space houses hundreds of mathematical objects and artefacts.
The Winton Gallery also received a RIBA London award in May 2017, with the judges saying;
‘The new gallery responds successfully to the curatorial ambition to present mathematics not as an academic concept, but as a practice that influences technology and enables the environment around us to be transformed’.
RIBA also acknowledged that ‘The project is finished to an exacting standard, whilst robust enough to handle the 3.5 million 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.
The World Interior of the Year organisers have shortlisted The Winton Gallery alongside 78 projects from around the world. The winner will be announced at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors in November 2017 in Berlin.