Tate Modern Switch House
Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
Herzog + de Meuron (2009-2016)
The new extension to the Tate Modern in London opens today. Designed by Herzog + de Meuron (who designed the original transformation of the Turbine Hall), it is a twisted 10 storey pyramid composition clad in brickwork echoing the material of the existing building.
This new brickwork however is more complex and intricate, and supported by a concrete structure where even the slab edges have been tessellated to echo the brick pattern. There also appear to be a variety of special bricks (including square and t-shaped) creating a gridded veil over areas of glazing that will allow light to filter in and out of the new building.
Here is a collection of images taken a few weeks before the opening, and I look forward to returning and experiencing the total building including the spatial arrangements of the new interiors. Based on what I saw from the outside and on my previous experiences of the original Herzog + de Meuron design, I don’t expect to be disappointed.
On the ground floor of the Turbine Hall is a display of models locating the new extension in context and then in more detail, showing how the light will filter through the gaps in the brickwork.
Place: Tate Modern Switch House
Architect: Herzog + de Meuron
Photographer: Stephen Varady
Review: The Guardian (17 June 2016) and Dezeen (20 June 2016)
Map: Tate Modern Map
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