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First look at Herzog & de Meuron's Tate Modern extension

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Herzog & de Meuron has completed its long-awaited £260 million extension to London’s Tate Modern

The much-anticipated towering brick-clad addition has finally completed - four years late and more than 20 per cent over its original budget.

The building adds more than 21,000m2 of space to the existing power station art gallery which opened back in 2000.

The extension, which sits to the south of the original Boiler House building, stands on the site of the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed power station’s switch house.

Underground the building’s cylindrical fuel tanks have been converted into a space dedicated to live art, installations and performance, while above them are three floors of galleries and further floors containing education spaces, a new members room, a restaurant and a bar.

It is all connected to the existing spaces by a new bridge which crosses the turbine hall.

The whole building has been clad in an intricate lattice of more than 336,000 bricks. This perforated brick screen lets natural daylight into the spaces and will also allow the whole building to glow at night.

The gallery opens to the public on 17 June.


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