Zaha Hadid’s extension to the Serpentine Gallery in London has just opened, merging her modern forms with the gallery’s traditional design.
World renowned architect Zaha Hadid is known for futuristic and fluid designs, and the extension to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London is no different – except this time Hadid had to complement an existing 19th century space with her avant-garde vision.
The Sackler Gallery, which sits in Kensington Gardens across the lake from the main Serpentine building, is housed in a gunpowder store from 1805. While Zaha Hadid Architects worked on renovating the interiors of the building, they also added a complementary extension – the cafe – which is light and bright, with undulating ceilings and fluid structural columns. The team explained their work:
The extension has been designed to complement the calm and solid classical building with a light, transparent, dynamic and distinctly contemporary space of the twenty-first century. The synthesis of old and new is thus a synthesis of contrasts.
It is the first permanent structure by Zaha Hadid within central London.