Zaha Hadid Architects’ new 900m² Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens this week
The £14.5 million Serpentine Sackler Gallery is Zaha Hadid’s first completed permanent building in central London.
Made possible by the largest donation in the gallery’s history, the revamp of the grade II-listed 1805 Magazine building, a former gunpowder store, is just yards from the gallery in Kensington Gardens, London.
The scheme features a ‘playfully undulating’ lightweight tensile pavilion addition which connects to the brickwork of the listed building.
Hadid’s extension provides a café or restaurant and social space to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
The landscape around the new building will be designed and planted by the landscape artist Arabella Lennox-Boyd.
The gallery will open to the public on Saturday (28 September).
Type of project art gallery
Client Serpentine Galleries
Architect Zaha Hadid Architects
Landscape design Arabella Lennox-Boyd Landscape Design
Structural engineer Arup
Lighting designer Isometrix Lighting + Design
Main contractor Galliford Try Construction
Project manager Rise Management Consultancy
FundingThe Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation
Completion date September 2013
Gross internal floor area 900m²
Cost £14.5 million