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Tate Modern Redesigns New Wing with Herzog & de Meuron

July 21st, 2008

New extension to Tate Modern, designed by Herzog & de Meuron via Tate

The Tate Modern has announced a new development in the plan for it’s new wing. World-renowned Swiss Architectural firm, Herzog & de Meuron, has designed the new plan for the extension, called Tate Modern 2 (TM2). The extension was originally designed as a cubic glass-cast pyramid shaped structure, but has been redesigned to better complement the structure of the existing Tate Modern and be more sustainable. The project has a $429 million budget, and has so far received $100 million from the government, $14 million from the London Development Agency, and $26 million from private donors for the project. Work on the site will ensue in 2009, and is projected to be finished by 2012, but if the budget is not met, this could cause a delay in its completion.

New twist to the rise of Tate Modern [Financial Times]
Tate Goes Green with New Plans [Artforum]
Transforming Tate Modern: Green Scheme for Tate Modern’s New Building [Artdaily]
Tate revises £215m extension plan [BBC]
Tate Modern Redesigns New Wing; May Not Open in 2012 [Bloomberg]
£100m new wing plan for Tate Modern [Telegraph]
New Tate Modern design [Wallpaper]

View from the West at Night, the Tate Modern, designed by Herzog & de Meuron via Tate

The Tate Modern was originally created out of the old Bankside Power Station, and the foundation of the new extension will be three huge oil tanks. The structure will be comprised of 11 levels and will rise 213 ft high above the oil tanks below. The tanks themselves will be used as unique spaces for exhibiting art, installations, film, and performances.

New Extension for the Tate Modern, designed by Herzog & de Meuron via Tate

The new space will provide the Tate with 65% more display space, a “children’s gallery”, more restaurants and cafes, and space created specifically for learning and studying.

Interior of Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, designed by Herzog & de Meuron via Tate

The new plan is also much more environmentally conscious. It will allow the Tate Modern to use 40% less energy and generate 35% less carbon emissions. The design of the extension will also flow more congruently with the existing look of the Tate, than the original plan did. Tate Director Nicholas Serota and architect Jacques Herzog say that these changes are not due to budget problems. “It’s not cheaper,” says Herzog, “It’s really to make everything better: more efficient, more compact, more flexible, and more green.”

Energy Reduction for TM2 at the Tate Modern, designed by Herzog & de Meuron via Tate

“The geometries of the site have morphed into a shape that is rational but also ambiguous and unique,” says Herzog. “It needs to be integrated into the proportions of the historic buildings around it on the north and South Bank.”

New Extension for the Tate Modern, designed by Herzog & de Meuron via Tate

One Response to “Tate Modern Redesigns New Wing with Herzog & de Meuron”

  1. C-MONSTER.net. » Blog Archive » The Digest. 07.22.08. Says:

    [...] Herzog & de Meuron’s proposed extension (with revision) for the Tate Modern (via architecture.mnp). A round-up on the subject here. [...]

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