Zaha Hadid, the architect behind the Serpentine Gallery’s first summer pavilion in 2000, has paid tribute to departing boss Julia Peyton-Jones
Peyton-Jones announced today that she is to step down from her role as director at the organisation next summer after 25 years at the helm.
Speaking to the AJ, Hadid said that she was ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.
Hadid, who completed the 900m² Serpentine Sackler Gallery in 2013, said: ‘Julia has been an extraordinary director, transforming the Serpentine into the internationally respected institution that it is today.
‘Her unrelenting enthusiasm to experiment with new ideas and interpretations conveys Julia’s passion for art and architecture, with her annual pavilion commission being one of the most fantastic programmes for new architecture in the UK.’
In an interview with the AJ last year, Peyton-Jones revealed that she had met Hadid in 1994 after discussing the renovation of a small space in Warren Street (see AJ 22.05.14).
Although that project didn’t materialise, Hadid later became the first architect to design a temporary pavilion as part of the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion programme, instituted by Peyton-Jones.
When asked if the move helped launch Hadid’s practice on to the global stage, Peyton-Jones said: ‘It is always good to be modest in claiming these things,’ she says. ‘I’m sure Zaha would have a very strong view if I did say that.’
The Serpentine Pavilion history
2014 Smiljan Radic
2013 Sou Fujimoto
2012 Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei
2011 Peter Zumthor
2010 Jean Nouvel
2009 Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA
2008 Frank Gehry
2007 Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen
2006 Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond with Arup
2005 Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, with Cecil Balmond / Arup
2004 MVRDV with Arup (unrealised)
2003 Oscar Niemeyer
2002 Toyo Ito and Cecil Balmond with Arup
2001 Daniel Libeskind with Arup
2000 Zaha Hadid