Switch House: Herzog & de Meuron's extension to Tate Modern
Last Friday, Tate Modern in London officially opened its Switch House: a 64.5-metre-high tower designed by Herzog & de Meuron that creates 60 per cent more exhibition space. Thus Tate can display a greater variety of artworks and show more artists from around the world, presenting an increasingly international view of modern and contemporary art.
The iconic new building is added at the existing gallery, its height responding to the chimney of the existing Tate Modern building which was originally designed as a power station by Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1950s.
Its twisting, pyramid-like shape is a memorable addition to London’s skyline.
Images Sandra Hofmeister
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