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.