Serpentine Sackler Gallery consists of two parts and it’s a transformation of a classic structure from the 19th century. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is the art space where Zaha Hadid Architects have created a synthesis between tradition and modernity. The building was originally designed in 1805. It consists of two spaces and a secondary structure with a front colonnade. The building was later used as a storage area. It has undergone several modifications and alterations within the historic part of the building.
To reveal the original spaces, the arches over the entries were reinstated and the original wood was preserved. The required improvements and lighting were integrated discreetly so as not to interfere with the existing quality of the building.
The surrounding structure has been simplified and streamlined. The exhibition spaces are perfectly lighted. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is a new cultural destination. The new concept for the gallery has been designed to complement the strength of the classic old building, a space full of light contemporary atmosphere characteristic of the 21st century. The synthesis of tradition and modernity also represent contrasts in a delicate manner.
The curved roofline enhances the space with its sculptural and organic fluidity. The goal of the architects is to create an intense aesthetic experience, an atmosphere that brings the enchanting beauty of the surrounding nature, and thus become an attractive invitation for the world of the contemporary art.