Sixteen years after the main gallery at the Tate Modern opened the new wing designed by Basel-based architects Herzog and de Meuron is set to open on 17 June. It will be the most important new cultural building to open in the UK for almost twenty years.
The architects worked on the conversion of the main building, which was originally a power station designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, and won planning permission for the extension in 2009.
The 64.5m high brick-clad extension building features textured brickwork and slim windows as well as a high-level terrace. It will connect to the existing galleries of the six-storey boiler house, placing the main turbine hall at the core of the revamped Tate Modern complex.
The new Tate Modern will be unveiled with a complete re-hang, bringing together much-loved works from the collection with new acquisitions made for the nation since Tate Modern first opened in 2000. With 60% more display space, the world’s most popular gallery of modern art will feature over 250 artists from around 50 countries.
Commenting on the building in 2011 Herzog & de Meuron said: "We wanted the combined elements of Tate Modern, old and new, to be expressed as a whole, to have them come together and function as a single organism. Using the same base palette of bricks and brickwork in a radical new way, we created a perforated brick screen through which light filters in the day and through which the building will glow at night."
Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern said: “Art is one of the most dynamic and engaged forms of human behaviour, and when people step into a museum today, they don't want to step out of their life, they want to get closer to it. The new Tate Modern will be so much more than a container for art, it will be a platform for human encounters.”