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Contractors World INTERNATIONAL - 2016 Vol 7 No 4

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Tate Modern Gallery's Ultra-Futuristic Extension

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Tate Modern Gallery's Ultra-Futuristic Extension

This new development which has just been opened transforms the Tate Modern - one of London’s most popular tourist attractions with over 5 million visitors anually.

An iconic new building has been added to the south of the existing gallery. It creates more spaces for displaying the collection, performance and installation art and learning, all allowing visitors to engage more deeply with art, as well as creating more social spaces for visitors to unwind and relax in the gallery.

The new building that sits to the south of Tate Modern was designed by Herzog & de Meuro, who also designed the original Tate Modern. It rises from behind the power station as a new iconic addition to the London skyline.

    Herzog & de Meuron’s architectural vision for the brick façade envelopes the truncated, twisting pyramid structure.

The corners and creases are column free, emphasising the continuity of the surface whilst also providing a 360° view of the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard and the City beyond. In total 336,000 bricks were installed between August 2014 and February 2016, using a new system that could be installed in ‘all-weather’.

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