The Science Museum is one of London’s major tourist attractions, attracting over three million visitors every year. Located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, it was founded in 1857 and holds over 300,000 items, including the oldest surviving steam locomotive and the first jet engine.
Surfaceform had the pleasure of working with Coffey Architects and Interserve Construction Ltd – Paragon Division to update two rooms in these already impressive buildings.
The Mathematics Gallery was designed with the equations of airflow used in aviation in mind. The curved overhead structure and layout of the gallery, therefore, represents the airflow around a 1929 Handley Page Gugnunc aircraft suspended at its centre – an historical highlight to the room.
Surfaceform applied semi polished Concrete Polished Plaster to the columns within the Mathematics gallery and around the aircraft, which proved to be a tricky but successful operation.
The Dana Research Centre and Library occupies the lower two floors of the museum’s Wellcome Wolfson Building in South Kensington. It provides access to over 500,000 documents for researchers, staff and the public, making it an exceptionally important part of the London Museum.
It is the first part of the campus overhaul to the complete, with the final phase of the project is expected to finish in 2019. Surfaceform played its part in the project by applying concrete polished plaster finish to the ceiling. This was matched to a similar concrete texture elsewhere in the centre. Source by Surfaceform, photos Courtesy of Glaze Digital.
Article by Marco Rinaldi