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Art & Design

Tour the Tate Modern’s $372 Million New Wing, London’s Latest Marvel

The Tate Modern, London’s most prestigious destination for 20th and 21st century art, has completed an 11-level, 212-foot-high tower, which expands its exhibition and performance space by 60 percent. Check out the addition, designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, ahead of the crush of visitors.

  1. The Tower Behind the Existing Tate
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    The Tower Behind the Existing Tate

    With a brick facade, the new tower—called the Switch House—fits with the existing Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

    Photographer: Iwan Baan via Tate Modern

  2. A Twisted Pyramid
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    A Twisted Pyramid

    Herzog & de Meuron, the designers of the extension, were the (then-unknown) duo chosen in 1995 to renovate the Turbine Hall, which opened in 2000.

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  3. Pyramid
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    Pyramid

    The new wing’s exterior showing the detailed, perforated brick lattice, through which light shines at night.

    Photographer: Iwan Baan via Tate Modern

  4. The Spiral Staircase
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    The Spiral Staircase

    Visitors enter the new wing via the Tanks, a lower-level space for performance and film.

    Photographer: Iwan Baan via Tate Modern

  5. Raw Materials
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    Raw Materials

    The spiral staircase on Level 4; the new wing echoes the materials used in the original Turbine Hall.

    Source: Tate Photography

  6. Soaring Galleries
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    Soaring Galleries

    The architects aimed to create a variety of rooms and spaces. That said, every room is invariably primed to showcase the large, attention-grabbing art installations favored by today’s contemporary museums.

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  7. The 10th Floor
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    The 10th Floor

    Like the main body of the Tate Modern, the new building’s top floor offers panoramic views of the London skyline.

    Photographer: Iwan Baan via Tate Modern

  8. Natural Light, in Small Doses
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    Natural Light, in Small Doses

    Level 6 of the tower; light filters in through the building’s facade.

    Source: Tate Photography

  9. Louise Bourgeois’s “Spider”
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    Louise Bourgeois’s “Spider”

    Much has been made of the building’s emphasis on women artists, such as the late sculptor Louise Bourgeois, whose iconic Spider is seen here.

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  10. “Babel,” by Cildo Meireles
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    “Babel,” by Cildo Meireles

    Monumentality is a seductive and oft-leaned-upon crutch by museums looking to justify their colossally expensive expansions. The Switch House’s opening exhibition is no exception.

    Source: Tate Modern

  11. “Beirut Caoutchouc,” by Marwan Rechmaoui
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    “Beirut Caoutchouc,” by Marwan Rechmaoui

    The extension is the result of one of the most expensive cultural fundraising efforts in Britain’s history.

    Photographer: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

  12. “Square Tubes [Series D],” by Charlotte Posenenske
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    “Square Tubes [Series D],” by Charlotte Posenenske

    The building isn’t just about showing art—it includes spaces for performance, video, and simply for circulation among visitors.

    Source: Tate Photography

  13. “Untitled (Ghardaïa),” by Kader Attia
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    “Untitled (Ghardaïa),” by Kader Attia

    This sculpture is made entirely of couscous.

    Photographer: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

  14.  A Performance Next to a Work by Donald Judd
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    A Performance Next to a Work by Donald Judd

    Art has evolved, argue the Tate’s architects and its director, Nicholas Serota. A 21st century museum should, too.

    Photographer: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

  15. “Pavilion Suspended in a Room I,” by Cristina Iglesias
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    “Pavilion Suspended in a Room I,” by Cristina Iglesias

    The Tate Modern had about 4.7 million visitors last year.

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  16. Enjoying the View
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    Enjoying the View

    A visitor pauses alongside views of St. Paul’s Cathedral across the river Thames.

    Source: Tate Photography