We were delighted to collaborate with Zaha Hadid on this exceptional project, bringing a disused eighteenth-century military store building in the middle of Hyde Park back into use as a stunning modern gallery and restaurant.
Zaha’s original and beautiful restaurant extension meets our new north wing which houses offices for Serpentine Gallery staff. The two extensions are seamlessly connected to the original Magazine with central focus on the vaulted gunpowder stores which were restored to provide excellent modern gallery space.
‘‘This is an unusual project which manages to exploit old and new to the advantage of both, bringing into productive life a piece of London architectural history never before opened to the public...
(heritage architect was Liam O’Connor).’’
The Architectural Review,
THE MAGAZINE, KENSINGTON GARDENS
In massing and detail the new north wing balances the main colonnaded front entrance and was designed with the same yellow stock bricks and Portland stone entablature.
‘‘Hadid and her firm, however, have done much more than just add this organic extension, which shares some formal preoccupations with its bigger sister in Baku. Working with traditionalist architect Liam O’Connor….. they have transformed the old gunpowder facility as well.’’
London-based architectural writer, editor and consultant