Serpentine Gallery to transform former army store

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The building was originally used to store munitions in case of an invasion by a foreign army

A former munitions depot in one of London's Royal Parks is to be turned into an exhibition space for modern art by the Serpentine Gallery.

The Grade II-listed Magazine building in Kensington Gardens, west London, is to be renovated by the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid.

The building held Army supplies for about 200 years after its construction in 1765.

It is hoped the gallery will be open in time for the Olympic Games in 2012.

Mark Camley, the chief executive of The Royal Parks, predicted the Serpentine Sackler Gallery would become "an exciting new cultural destination".

"We are delighted to bring this unique listed building into public use for the first time," he said.

"Income generated from the licence will be invested back into the Royal Parks for everyone to enjoy."

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