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Building Tate Modern: Herzog & De Meuron Transforming Giles Gilbert Scott

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by Rowan Moore and Raymund Ryan. Tate Gallery Publishing, 2000. 200pp. £25

This is the authorised version of the Bankside story. In contrast to Karl Sabbagh's television series, Power into Art , and its accompanying book, there are no tardy or inept contractors, no fraught scenes about a miscalculated staircase, no pained Harry Gugger lamenting the standard of British workmanship, no anecdotes. But while the tone throughout is appreciative, the texts have some substance: a summary of the transformation by Raymund Ryan, an essay on Giles Gilbert Scott by Gavin Stamp, an absorbing three-way discussion between Jacques Herzog, Nicholas Serota and Rowan Moore.

('Architecture or art which tries to capture your attention by having blue paint on its steel structure - all these things catching your attention are just boring. They are the most conventional thing you can imagine, ' says Herzog. ) Best of all, in this well-designed book, are its many images, with generous coverage of the new gallery inside and out, construction photographs, drawings and plans.

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