Herzog & de Meuron's Tate Modern Tanks unveiled
Herzog & de Meuron opened its transformation of a former oil reservoir into a new performance arts space last night
The project, located under its Tate Modern proposed extension, is the first phase of the Swiss Studio’s £215 million addition to the central London art gallery and was unveiled yesterday before opening to the public tomorrow (Wednesday 18 July).
Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron attended last night’s festivities, which included video art and live performances in the former industrial space. Other attendees among the hundreds of guests included Sarah Wigglesworth, Jeremy Till, David Grandorge, Ricky Burdett, Mark Wallinger, Nicholas Serota, Julia Peyton-Jones, Sarah Ichioka, Alan Yentob and AJ editor Christine Murray.
The tanks celebrate the original raw industrial space. The entrance to the galleries is bissected by several diagonal concrete columns which will support the second stage of the project to be constructed above the tanks — a huge pyramid-shaped extension due for completion in 2016.
The Tanks will host a 15 week festival of events and exhibitions from 18 July – 28 October 2012.