Serpentine Sackler Gallery
By Zaha Hadid Architects (2013)
"A former gunpowder store of severe Palladianism transformed for public use and adorned with pavilion of curvy splendor. Distinction rather than architectural assimilation at Zaha Hadid Architects’ Serpentine Sackler Gallery, opening up the existing listed building towards the surrounding lushness of Kensington Gardens."
There’s contrast and counterpoint, and then there is clashing. While I’ve enjoyed Hadid’s organic forms in the past, I feel that she often forces her curves onto projects that don’t need them, as is the case here. Conceptually, I can respect the idea of a light, billowy structure meeting the rigid existing structure. But the execution is sloppy. The form is awkward, and the construction heavier than the inspiration.