Royal Parks employs Zaha Hadid to redesign Magazine building to create new gallery

The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery are to open a new exhibition space in Kensington Gardens, London.

The Royal Parks are trying to make better use of its buildings including the 245-year-old Magazine building, which will be the new gallery.

Zaha Hadid - the Pritzker-prize winning arch modernist architect - will redesign the Grade II listed building overlooks the Serpentine Bridge.

Plans include an adjoining pavilion to be used as a social space and restaurant. Serpentine Gallery will pay royal Parks £300,000 a year to rent the building.

It is due to open in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the 880sqm gallery is to the Serpentine Gallery’s footprint.

Royal Parks chief executive Mark Camley said of the newly-named Serpentine Sackler Gallery: "We are bringing this building into public use for the first time.

"Income from the licence will be invested into the Royal Parks. Given the challenging times that lie ahead, this is positive news."

Serpentine Sackler Gallery Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation gave the largest single gift the Serpentine Gallery has received in its 40 year history.

Julia Peyton-Jones, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, said: "We have been interested in the potential of the building for some time.

"In these challenging times we feared the opportunity would be lost. We are very grateful to our long-term friends for their very generous assistance."

Cost of the redesign has not been disclosed but will depend on a big donation by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Dazzling display of new plants at Four Oaks Trade Show 2017

Dazzling display of new plants at Four Oaks Trade Show 2017

A wide range of first-time exhibitors and established names will showcase a wealth of new varieties at September's Four Oaks Trade Show, says Matthew Appleby.

Product and service showcase

Product and service showcase

Fresh solutions to production problems can be found among the array of products and services being introduced at the Four Oaks Trade Show, Sally Drury reports.

Sargent's solutions - the benefits of CPD for your business

Sargent's solutions - the benefits of CPD for your business

Continual learning is an essential part of the job and professionals should embed it in their work process, says Alan Sargent.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Landscape Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer