Modern

An optional visit to the Tate Modern, London provided Studio 14 with the opportunity to further experience aspects of contemporary modern art, and to view the recently opened ‘switch house’ gallery and circulation spaces. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron this building is an addition to their earlier completion winning design to convert the former electricity power station into an art gallery. Bankside Power Station, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, was built between 1947 and 1963; closed in 1981; and opened to the public as an art gallery in 2000. Most impressive in the new addition was the vast concrete spiral staircase, ‘the tanks’, and the design of a huge first floor lobby space with a sloping floor. Our visit was relatively brief. It now would seem to require more than a day to fully experience all that is on show. It is amazingly popular, perhaps due to its scale, and its location directly across the river from St Pauls Cathedral. But are people actually there for the art?
references:
www.tate.org.uk
www.herzogdemeuron.com