This Tuesday was Client Review day for the Tate Modern Project. This is when the project team and architects team get together to discuss how the work is developing and to look at particular design elements that arise as the project unfolds.

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The team in discussion. Alex Beard (extreme left) alongside Nicholas Serota from Tate. Model of oil tanks in foreground

This meeting, the brick facade, internal doors, floor treatments and air vents were all amongst the items for discussion. Not on the face of it the most enthralling afternoon at Tate’s Store then you might think. But it’s this attention to detail which will make this project outstanding. It’s also fascinating to watch Jacques Herzog (from Herzog &de Meuron Architects) and our own Director Nicholas Serota engage with every element as if they are already walking around inside the finished building. For example, the doors into the oil tank space are crucial to the curators,  not only in that they look good and are the right colour, but let the visitors interact with the work - without forgetting to check whether they are wide enough to fit the artworks in!

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Ascan Mergenthaler, Herzog & de Meuron Lead Partner and Ben Duckworth, Herzog & de Meuron Design Leader discuss doors to the oil tanks

Soon, I’ll be running a strand to the blog called Meet the Architects, where you can find out more about the team working both here in London and in Basel. We will find out a bit about their backgrounds and what motivates them both professionally and, of course, musically.

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