Tate Modern opened in 2000. On 17 June 2016 we will open a new building so we can display a greater variety of artworks and show more artists from around the world, presenting an increasingly international view of modern and contemporary art

The new building is ten-storeys on top of The Tanks – the world’s first gallery spaces dedicated to live art, film and installations – its height responding to the chimney of the existing Tate Modern building which was originally designed as a power station by Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1950s. Its twisting, pyramid-like shape will be a memorable addition to London’s skyline and will offer 60% extra space for visitors to explore.

From The Tanks on Level 0 you can go all the way up to Level 10 and enjoy the spectacular new roof terrace with 360-degree views of the river Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the dramatic London skyline.

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  • An architectural concept view of the new Tate Modern building at dusk
    View from the South at dusk
  • An architectural concept view of the new Tate Modern building during the day
    View from the South
  • An architectural concept view of the new Tate Modern
    Cuts and Bricks architectural concept
  • View of new Tate Modern from St Paul's at dusk
    View from St Paul's Cathedral at dusk

Like the original Tate Modern, the new building is designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron and will present a striking combination of raw industrial spaces and refined 21st century architecture.

The façade uses brick to match the surface of the existing museum, while creating something radically new – a perforated brick lattice through which the interior lights glow in the evening. The interior of the new building features raw concrete folded into dramatic angles and will be a stunning new building in which to experience art. 

The form is something between a very rational form and a very irrational form, a pyramidal shape. It’s to do with the geometries of the land parcel, but also angles that will lead people into the galleries.
Jacques Herzog, architect

Tate Modern in numbers

Height of the new Tate Modern is 64.5m
The Tate Modern chimney is 99m high
The Turbine Hall can house 1,200 double-decker buses stacked 7 high
Tate Modern hopes to welcome 5 million visitors a year
Bankside Power Station was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, who also designed the red telephone box

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