Tate Modern extension: a towering achievement


To its architects, Herzog & de Meuron, the concrete oil tanks beneath the Tate Modern extension are more than its physical foundations, they have been “the starting point for intellectual and curatorial approaches” to the entire £260m scheme. The lure of ‘as found’ spaces was never more obvious than when the Tate carved the Turbine Hall out of the Bankside Power Station back in 2000. On their return, Herzog & de Meuron has again used the ‘as found’ to inspire, taking the trefoil arrangement of three subterranean former oil storage chambers—The Tanks—and extruding it upwards, twisting the geometries through the Switch House’s 64.5 metre height until it reaches the 10th floor viewing platform… Read more

Image: Switch House, Tate Modern. © Iwan Baan