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Zaha's Serpentine Sackler Gallery completes

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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).

Project data

Location London
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

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