TATE MODERN EXTENSION: LONDON

The bankside turbin power station was converted into a national art gallery and public place in 1995, which has set an example of readaptive use of industrial architectural heritage in the time of de-industrialization of cities. The setting of the place at bank of Thames also has perhaps shaped its popularity as being most popular public place in London. The industrial landscape has been key features of many colonized cities across the world, along with exceptional example of architectural engineering skills. The redaptive function of turbine hall and ancillary spaces varied from performance spaces to exhibition spaces as per the span and scale of the space along with ancillary functions of an art gallery. The multiple entry points, punctuation mark, architectural backdrop and  tactile quality of existing industrial architecture adds to the setting as an intresting urban space or event place.  

The new extention to the existing building darilngly conceptualize the tower building with pleated and perforated brick wall facade with viewing gallery at higher level. The view of London Bank development is visible from the gallery and obviously becomes the most popular place to view from. The material palate restricted to raw finished exposed concrete, bricks and brush steel. Although mateiral palate appeares as standard template in many contemporary architectural practices, but Tate modern extension is aplty induces the new imagnination and energy as a space that celebrate to contemporary art, performances and public place.

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