Serpentine Gallery Pavilions: Annual Architectural Commissions and Public Programmes
Zaha Hadid’s 2000 Pavilion radically reinvented the accepted idea of a tent or a marquee. It took the form of a triangulated roof spanning an impressive internal space of 600 square metres by using a steel primary structure. A folding form of angular flat planes extending to the ground gave an illusion of solidity while at the same time creating a variety of internal spaces. These undulations were emphasised by the positioning of lighting between two roof fabrics which incurred gradual changes over time, creating a sense of perpetual movement. This was reinforced throughout the interior with specially designed tables that gradated from white to black.