Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Opening in the Autumn of 2013 as an extension of the renowned Serpentine Gallery, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery builds on the Serpentine’s 43-year history of championing contemporary art and architecture, enforcing the institution’s position as a lynchpin in the London art scene. Designed by LCD ambassador, Zaha Hadid, the new building features a stunning tailored, glass fibre woven textile ceiling in a sparkling white. Acting as both roof and walls, it curves toward the ground and attaches itself to the classic and original brickwork of the old Magazine building, that was originally a gunpowder store built in 1805. This beautiful juxtaposition, set against frameless glass walls, creates a building that feels open and fluid, allowing a distinctly contemporary continuous and open sequence of exhibition spaces.
The building stands out beautifully in the elegant Knightsbridge setting, alongside the green of Hyde Park, and continues the Serpentine’s work with the contemporary in a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, and education and public events.
Spearheaded by Oliver ‘Ollysan’ Lange, who was awarded a Michelin star for the world-renowned Frankfurt restaurant Silk, The Magazine at the Serpentine Sackler has been transformed into a true culinary destination. Classic British ingredients such as guinea fowl are listed alongside Japanese specialties, with plenty of seafood and sushi, creating a new level of dedication to fusion food that sees brilliant balancing of tastes.
An exciting step beyond the main Serpentine Gallery’s Koenig Book shop, the Serpentine Shop in this new building displays an exciting collection of objects by Zaha Hadid Architects who designed the extension, as well as Serpentine Editions and exclusive items. These objects, alongside the airy white of the building means this little store feels particularly fashionable and exclusive.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery,
London W2 3XA.
020 7402 6075
Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
Tube: Lancaster Gate (Central Line), South Kensington (District Line, Circle Line, Piccadilly Line), Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line)