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Tate boss Serota praises 'more mature' Herzog & de Meuron design

These are the first images of Herzog & de Meuron’s revised plans for the extension to the Tate Modern on London’s South Bank.

The original glass work on the 11-storey block has been replaced by a brick lattice, reflecting the materials used in Giles Gilbert Scott’s original Bankside Power Station, built in 1963.

Commenting on the design overhaul, central to which is the renovation of three huge oil drums beneath the gallery, Tate director Nicholas Serota denied he had ordered the volte face, but added: ‘I have no problem about changing my mind when I see something more imaginative and more mature that sits more comfortably with the existing building.’

The 215 million project, which will required renewed planning approval from Southwark Council, will create 21,000m2 of extra space for the gallery.

Serota said he expected the scheme to be on site in June 2009 and remained hopeful that it could be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics despite the economic downturn.

However, he added that the extension would not be built unless another 145 million could be raised on top of the 70 million already in the Tate’s coffers.

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