The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Designed by Zaha Hadid, Prepares to Open

September 26th, 2013

The Serpentine Sackler, via The Guardian
The Serpentine Sackler, via The Guardian

The newly completed redesign of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery is set to open this Sunday in London’s Kensington Gardens neighborhood, featuring a sloping new design extension by architect Zaha Hadid, which complements a freshly renovated gunpowder store initially constructed in 1805.

The Serpentine Sackler, via The Guardian
The Serpentine Sackler, via The Guardian

Situated across the park from the original Serpentine Gallery, the Sackler is anticipated to provide a complementary exhibition galleries for the institution, adding almost 10,000 square feet of space that  “will realize the adage that one plus one equals 11.” According to director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

The Serpentine Sackler, via The Guardian
The Serpentine Sackler, via The Guardian

Titled “The Magazine,” the space will house the gallery’s restaurant, as well as a “public social space,” creating an expansive art campus for The Serpentine on the Kensington Gardens grounds, contrasting classic British design with Hadid’s new building.  “This takes me back to how I began my career deciding how to respond to an historic context.” Hadid said.

Inside Zaha Hadid designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery, via The Guardian
Inside the Zaha Hadid-designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery, via The Guardian

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