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Breathing new life into an historical building with Roca

Breathing new life into an historical building with Roca

Bringing a Grade II* listed building into public use for the first time in more than 200 years, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in central London is now open to the public, with Roca bathroom solutions being a feature of its washrooms.

ROCA - Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Giving new life to The Magazine, a former gunpowder store built in 1805, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery is situated just five minutes’ walk from the Serpentine Gallery. Featuring 900 square metres of gallery space, shop, restaurant and social space, the Serpentine’s second space in Kensington Gardens is designed by the multi award-winning Zaha Hadid Architects.

Restored to an extremely high standard in partnership with The Royal Parks, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery continues the relationship between the Gallery and Zaha Hadid Architects, which began with the inaugural Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Commission in 2000.

This is also not the first time that the Roca Group has been involved with a Zaha Hadid project, with its Chelsea Design Quarter-based, and much-acclaimed, Roca London Gallery also bearing her design. For the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Roca products were donated as part of the manufacturer’s long-held commitment to supporting cultural and community projects.

Roca’s Meridian-N sanitaryware was chosen to fulfill this most demanding of briefs. Inspired by functionality and geometry, Meridian-N is a fusion of classic and modern design cues, in much the same way as the Serpentine Sackler Gallery itself, being a contemporary renovation and extension of a building that is steeped in British history. The new washrooms feature Meridian-N back-to-wall WCs with soft-close seats, along with co-ordinating compact washbasins.

Overcoming issues of space with its compact design, Roca’s Meridian-N also responds to the demands of modern-day living. The range’s WC cisterns feature an efficient 4.5/3-litre water capacity, helping the Gallery minimise its negative impact on the environment and reduce its running costs.

For further product information please contact:

Roca Limited, Samson Road, Hermitage Industrial Estate, Coalville, Leics.  LE67 3FP

Tel:  01530 830080 / Website: www.uk.roca.com

About Roca

Roca is a company specializing in the design, production and marketing of products for bathroom spaces as well as ceramic floorings and wall coverings used in architecture, construction and interior design. The firm has more than 20,600 employees and 76 production plants and is present in more than 135 countries around the world.

Roca, world leader in the definition of bathroom spaces, collaborates with highly prestigious designers, architects and interior designers such as R. Moneo, D. Chipperfield, Z. Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Schmidt & Lackner, and J. Mariscal, among others. Additionally, it works incessantly to develop and promote initiatives that aid environmental conservation. Roca’s commitment has led to ongoing developments in new products focused on water conservation.


About Roca Gallery

Roca Galleries are part of Roca’s international strategy and a concept that expresses present-day realities and future challenges. Design, innovation, sustainability and well-being are Roca values expressed in the Galleries, which also convey the desire of the leading bathroom brand to maintain an ongoing dialogue with society and most particularly with professionals who share an interest and enthusiasm in shaping the future of bathroom spaces.

The various Roca Galleries are a vehicle, offering a meeting place and area for open dialogue among interior decorators, designers and architects worldwide.

Zaha Hadid Architects in London, Francesc Rifé Studio in Shanghai, the OAB architectural studio of Borja, Lucía and Carlos Ferrater in Barcelona, the Lamela Architectural Study in Madrid, and the Ferruz Decoradors studio in Lisbon have caught this vision in premises that combine aesthetic beauty with an expression of the brand values.