Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

Working with SHY’s dealer, Levolux, the architect’s question was: can you control the light from a rooflight 20m long, but just 1.5m wide?

Yes, was the answer with motorised SHY ZIP blinds with radio control

This renovation of The Magazine building to become the Serpentine Sackler Gallery,  a 900 square metre exhibition and social space in the heart of London’s Kensington Gardens, was undertaken by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid.

SHY’s solution to the architect’s question was to use our proven roof-blind system with ZIP side channels that help provide dim-out by preventing light ingress around the extremities of the fabric of the blind.

However, these Zip channels serve another important function – guiding the fabric so it always retracts exactly square, every time. On such long thin blinds this would be a challenge, if not impossible, for other blind systems.

In total four blinds were used in this installation to cover the length of the rooflight and allow the flexibility required by the client.

When retracted the blinds are almost invisible from floor level.

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