Tate Modern occupies the former site of Bankside Power Station. Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, it was completed in 1961 and decommissioned in the early 1980s. The site was then converted by architects Herzog & de Meuron into a home for the national collection of international modern and contemporary art, which opened to the public in 2000.
From the outset it was envisioned that Tate Modern would be realized in phases, the first of which was the power station’s conversion. The Turbine Hall was appropriated as a remarkable as-found space and the boiler house was transformed into six floors of galleries, learning studios and social spaces.
The next major step in the site’s transformation is now underway. The new building project began with the transformation of the power station’s spectacular cylindrical oil tanks. These were originally designed to hold one million gallons of oil, and each measures over thirty meters across and seven meters high. These unique spaces are dedicated to live art, performance and film, accompanied by raw concrete galleries, a steel-lined ‘drum’ gallery, a concourse, bar and full back of house facilities.
Herzog & de Meuron (2000 and 2016)
For more information, please read Herzog deMeuron’s New Tate Modern press information from the following link: