Herzog & de Meuron: Tate Modern

Landscape, Sport & Wellness, Gallery, Auditorium,

In May 2000 the Tate Modern was opened to the public, the first public gallery in Great Britain completely devoted to contemporary art. In the sphere of Tony Blair's plan for the overall renewal of the city, it is meant to launch an ideal challenge to the Pompidou Center in Paris and the Moma in New York.

Herzog & de Meuron: Tate Modern According to the project presented, the skeleton of the former Bankside power plant remains intact in its box-like shape that stands as a symbol of the union between history and contemporary life.
The outside of the building changes only as regards the illumination and the addition of two glassed-in floors that run all along the length of the roof: by day the linear glass structure lets natural daylight filter into the galleries of the top floor, while at night, illuminated from the inside, it becomes a strong distinguishing mark that detaches the building from all the other constructions nearby.

The architects proceeded to empty the inside of the power plant to create 14,000 square meters of exhibition space; the entrances are on the west and north sides, opening into the old machine room, the immense Turbine Hall, with stairs and elevators going up to the first floor where the ticket office, shops and information desk are located.

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