Switch House, Herzog & de Meuron’s extension to Tate Modern, has officially opened to the public.
Tate Modern is part of the Tate network of museums in the UK, which house modern art. Located in London, Tate Modern is based in the former Bankside Power Station designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and renovated by Herzog & de Meuron in the 1990s.
Switch House completes the architecture firm’s work, extending the gallery into the new building. It is constructed from a lattice of bricks, echoing the brickwork of the Bankside Power Station conversion, while perforations and glazing allow natural light into the building during the day and make it appear to glow at night.
Switch House provides additional gallery space, events areas, and facilities for members, completed by a rooftop viewing deck. The 65 metre tall building also offers underground exhibition space, which is accessible via a concrete spiral staircase. The new building also meets the old via bridges on the first and fourth floors.
Ascan Mergenthaler, senior partner at Herzog & De Meuron, said: ‘Whereas the original Tate Modern was about revealing existing infrastructure, the extension is about building infrastructure, our aim was to create an architecture that allows for flexibility, improvisation, adaptation and change.’
Find out more about Switch House here.