Two decades ago, Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron converted a former power plant in London into the awe-inspiring gallery, ‘Tate Modern’. In 2016, the site of the power plant’s three oil tanks reopened as a new extension to the gallery; called the Tate Modern Switch House, which expanded the museum’s offerings by 60%.
‘Tate Modern’ is divided into three main areas, the huge main Turbine Hall in the center, extraordinary in its scale; the boiler house on the north side, which hosts the main exhibition spaces; and the Switch House on the south, Herzog & de Meuron’s brooding new tower with detailed brickwork. Since its conception, the Switch House’s 64.5-meter high monolith has become one of the city’s most important and successful cultural and architectural attractions. Although it still looks very much like a power plant, its twisting, sculptural design and rough-edged aesthetic was conceived of well ahead of its time, and is indicative of the intuitive expressiveness of Herzog & de Meuron’s designs. The Switch House’s cone-shaped pyramid leads visitors on a journey up 10 tapered stories, providing an inimitable, contemporary exhibition venue. The national collection of British art includes over 78,000 artworks, along with performances, films, talks, workshops, restaurants, and conferences. The iconic building was captured below by British photographer Jim Stephenson; for more information on exhibiting artists or current exhibitions, click here.