Zaha Hadid Adds A Futuristic Extension To Landmark London Gallery [Pics]

Zaha Hadid Adds A Futuristic Extension To Landmark London Gallery [Pics]
Design & Architecture

Zaha Hadid’s extension to the Serpentine Gallery in London has just opened, merging her modern forms with the gallery’s traditional design.

Daniela Walker
  • 27 september 2013

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.

Zaha Hadid Architects


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