Herzog & de Meuron’s development of Tate Modern presents a façade that echoes the original Bankside power station but uses 500,000 bricks to create a perforated lattice, which will illuminate the building. The 64.5-metre tall building will have 11 levels, equal in height to the chimney of Giles Gilbert Scott’s power station. The expansion will nearly double the exhibition and display space with new seminar spaces, Media Lab, Members Room, a Level 10 restaurant, and a public terrace on Level 11,cafes, and two new public squares.
When Tate Modern opened in 2000 there were 86 large-scale installations in the collection; now there are more than 300. The Tate Modern Project is developing the three oil tanks at the foundation of the new building, which would have originally contained Bankside Power Station’s ancillary plant and equipment. These spaces have been transformed to present large-scale artists’ installations and performances, including dance, music, the spoken word and film.
Tank 1 will be programmed with changing displays, exhibitions and radical commissions of contemporary art. Tank 2 will be used for performances and events, complementing the display programme in Tank 1. Tank 3 will have supporting facilities such as green rooms. In addition, three new galleries will also be created from raw industrial spaces adjacent to the oil tanks. The project is due to be completed in 2012 at an estimated cost of £215 million.
Images: @Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron