The Winton Gallery is part of the London Science Museum’s strategy to create dramatic spaces, learning zones, new public areas. In collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects, the lighting design studio Arup created a “breath-taking and unforgettable” lighting display that takes visitors on a journey into mathematics.

The architectural and lighting concept brings complex mathematical concepts to every day experience. In particular, fluid dynamic lighting is integrated with static lighting to showcase the mathematical significance of a key feature of the gallery, the Handley Page Gugnunc aircraft from 1929.

The lighting is arranged to show how air moves around the aircraft, and displays both the vector field, made by the wings of the aircraft, and the sky, represented by the boundaries and walls of the gallery.


A wind tunnel of light

The lighting creates an astonishing wind tunnel. Lighting paints the airflow through the space, from the floor, walls and ceiling, to the central turbulence pod. Linear elements of lighting represent the laminar flow and pods represent turbulence.

Arup approached the project with the aim of achieving the highest quality, using the latest lighting technology.

Location: Science Museum, London
Award: Hospitality, Leisure and Faith Project of the Year – Lux Award 2017
Lighting Design: Arup Lighting
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Photo: Arup