The curved overhead structure and layout of the gallery represents airflow around the Handley Page aircraft suspended at its centre. The design was driven by equations of airflow used in the aviation industry, which are still an important area of mathematical research. Dame Zaha Hadid trained first in mathematics before studying architecture, and the work of her practice is strongly informed by ideas about geometry.

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Zaha Hadid architects

Zaha Hadid founded Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in 1979. Each of ZHA's projects builds on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Working with office partner Patrik Schumacher for almost three decades, Hadid's pioneering vision redefined architecture for the 21st century and captured imaginations across the globe. Her legacy is embedded within the DNA of the design studio she created as ZHA's projects combine the unwavering belief in the power of invention with concepts of connectivity and fluidity. 

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