2016Science Museum

Client

Science Museum

Location

London

Architect

Zaha Hadid Architects

Contractor

Interserve Construction Ltd

Fabric

PVC

Product

Art Installations
Bespoke Tensile Fabric Structures
Interior Fabric Structures

Services

  • Installation

Project Outline

The centrepiece of the new Winton Gallery at London’s Science Museum is a trio of fabric pod sculptures clustered around the tail and wings of a vintage Handley Page aircraft.

The organic fabric forms and the layout of the surrounding gallery are an interpretation by Zaha Hadid Architects of the airflow vortices that would be generated by the plane.

We installed the complex structures, each consisting of a curved aluminium tubular frame suspended from the ceiling onto which two skins of semi-translucent PVC coated polyester are tensioned.

Our Solution

Multiple LED lighting strips are mounted between the skins and contribute to the stunning overall effect. Due to the complexity of the structures, one of the twin skins had to be split and fed through the apertures created by the other skin before being joined together with two hidden zips.

The tensioning system is hidden behind double curved aluminium cover plates.

Base were also responsible for the installation of the interpretation surfaces adjacent to each exhibit.

Image credits: © Nick Guttridge

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