On Tuesday the 22nd of September, it was announced that Herzog & De Meuron extension building to the Tate Modern Museum in London, would be inaugurated on the 17th of June of 2015. The building, which has been in development for a few years, will provide additional gallery and exhibiting space, which will further increase the capacity of what is currently the world’s most visited modern art museum.
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron approached the conversion with a relatively light hand, creating a contemporary public space without diminishing the building’s historical presence. The impressive cultural icon has since become the most visited museum of modern art in the world, revitalizing its formerly sequestered, industrial neighborhood.
The project, which seeks to set a new standard model for galleries and museums of this nature, where the exhibitions and their learning and social components are integrated, also intends to fortify the connection between the museum and the city. A direct passage will link the Tate’s primary building and its riverside entrance to the new extension, as well as a new public plaza which will fill the rear of the site, also further integrating within the city’s urban fabric.
Other new additions include a diverse collection of public areas which will be dedicated to contemplation. It will, however, respect the primary module’s structure and base pallet, yet with a modern twist. Through the use of perforated brick screen, light will be filtered inside the building, also allowing the building to faintly glow at night.