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Tate Modern Art Gallery

Art Gallery Building in London redevelopment design by Herzog and de Meuron Architects

post updated 8 September 2021 ; 3 Jul 2014

Date of renewal: 1994

Design: Herzog and de Meuron, Architects, Swizterland

Tate Modern London photos from 29 Apr 2013:

Tate Modern building London South Bank

Tate Modern Building, London

Tate Modern London building facade

Tate Modern building facade

Tate Modern tower London

Tate Modern London trees landscape
photos © Adrian Welch

Address: Tate Modern, Sumner Street, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Contact: 020 78878752

Tate Modern
photo © Nick Weall

Art Gallery Redevelopment Design: Herzog & de Meuron Architects
Original power station building: Giles Gilbert Scott, Architect
Location: South Bank, across Thames from St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark
Lead Architects: Pierre de Meuron, Jacques Herzog

Aerial photograph ; Interior of Turbine Hall:
Tate Modern Building Art Gallery in London
photo © webbaviation ; photograph : Jason Baxter

Tate Modern Extension : planning permission received Mar 2007
Transforming Tate Modern. Exterior views from the south
Tate Modern London Art Gallery London
images © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

Tate Modern, London, England – former Bankside Power Station building: architecture competition 1994

Tate Modern London London Art Gallery Building
photos © Adrian Welch, Jun 2007

Horizontal ‘light beam’ along the top of the building forms a counterpoint to the verticality of the massive brick tower.

Tate Moderrn light beam Bankside Power Station Bankside Power Station London Bankside Power Station Building London
photos © Nick Weall

This central tower was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott to echo the form of St. Paul’s Cathedral dome across the Thames.

Bankside Power Station Bankside Power Station Building
pictures © Adrian Welch, Jun 2007

Key space: The Turbine Hall is both the circulation space and home to a programme of installations.

Tate Modern architect : Herzog & de Meuron Architects

The galleries are housed in the former Bankside Power Station, which was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect of Battersea Power Station, and built in two stages between 1947 and 1963. The power station closed in 1981. In 1992 The Tate Gallery at the British National Art Museum proposed an architecture competition to build a new building for modern art.

The purpose for the new building would help with the ever-expanding collection on modern and contemporary art. In 1995 it was announced that Herzog & de Meuron had won the competition with their simple design.

The architects decided to reinvent the current building instead of demolishing it. This art gallery building is an example of adaptive reuse, the process of finding new life in old buildings.

The building itself still resembles the 20th century factory in style from the outside and that is reflected on the inside by the taupe walls, steel girders and concrete floors. The façade of the building is made out of 4.2 million bricks that are separated by groups of thin vertical windows that help create a dramatic light inside. The history of the site as well as information about the conversion was the basis for a 2008 documentary ‘Architects Herzog and de Meuron: Alchemy of Building & Tate Modern’.
Source: wikipedia

Turbine Hall Turbine Hall London Turbine Hall stairs
photographs © Adrian Welch, Jun 2007

Tate Modern, Bankside – architecture project only
Date: 1995
Design: Rafael Moneo Architects

Tate Modern Building Tate Modern Building
images © AW

Location: Tate Modern, Sumner Street, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, England, United Kingdom

Area – south of the River Thames in central London, south east England, UK

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Tate Modern Bankside Power station
photos : Isabelle Lomholt, 1995

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Scans of former Power station building (now Tate Modern):
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pictures : Isabelle Lomholt, 1995

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