london: serpentine sackler gallery opening

© zaha hadid archtects

today sees the opening of serpentine gallery's new satellite exhibition venue and its spectacular wing by london-based zaha hadid architects in hyde park. dubbed serpentine sackler gallery, it's named after benefactors dr mortimer and dame theresa sackler, whose foundation has funded the stunning project, along with bloomberg philanthropies. the new gallery is located at the magazine, a former gunpowder store which dates back to 1805, and is located a stone's throw away from serpentine gallery. the venue features 900 sqm. [9,688 sq.ft] of exhibition space and also accommodates a restaurant and a multi-functional social space. it shown in these images, the gallery consists of two distinct parts: the converted classical 19th century brick building and a 21st-century tensile structure. the magazine comprises two raw brick barrel vaulted spaces where the gunpowder was stored, and a lower square-shaped surrounding structure with a frontal colonnade.

the new extension contains a voluminous hall which will serve as a meeting and events space. it has been designed to complement the calm and solid classical building with a transparent, dynamic and distinctly contemporary space. this fall, the serpentine gallery presents a program of exhibitions and events across both venues and into kensington gardens. the inaugural show at serpentine sackler gallery is the first showcase in britain by young argentinian artist adrián villar rojas, who is gaining international renown for his dramatic, large-scale sculptural works. the exhibition is called today we reboot the planet, and presents a site-specific installation that's exemplary of his work [on through nov 10]. location: west carriage drive, kensington gardens [knightsbridge].

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