Tate Modern has a new building. It was designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The new Tate Modern building will display an increasingly international view of modern and contemporary art. There will also be a greater variety of artworks from international artists.
The new Tate Modern building is ten-stories on top of The Tanks and is one of the world’s first gallery spaces dedicated to live art, film and installations. The building’s height responds to the chimney of the existing Tate Modern building. The original building began life back in the 1950s. As a power station.
The twisting, pyramid-like shape will be a fabulous addition to London’s skyline and will offer 60% additional space for visitors to explore. From The Tanks on Level 0 visitors can travel all the way up to Level 10. Once there they will witness the spectacular new roof terrace and a 360-degree view of the river Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the entire London skyline.
The façade uses brickwork which matches the surface of the existing museum and yet it creates something radically new – a perforated lattice through which the interior lights of the museum glow in the night sky. The interior features raw concrete folded into the most dramatic of angles.
All in all the new Tate Modern is a stunning way to experience art from around the world.
Architect Jacques Herzog had this to say of his company’s work;
“The form is something between a very rational form and a very irrational form, a pyramidal shape. It’s to do with the geometries of the land parcel, but also angles that will lead people into the galleries.”
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