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Tate Modern

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Identification

Tate Modern
Bankside Power Station
235593

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Structure in General

building with towers
existing [completed]
brick
applied masonry
light brown
art deco

Usages

gallery
restaurant

Facts

  • The building is a steel structure clad in over 4.2 million bricks.
  • Tate Modern started life as a power station.
  • The height of the main chimney was decided on so that it would not overshadow St. Paul's Cathedral, directly opposite on the north bank of the river Thames.
  • The power station was closed in 1981.
  • The magnificent and cavernous Turbine Hall is 3,300 sq metres (35,520 sq feet) in area and is the world's largest interior exhibition space.
  • The art gallery is dedicated to modern art created since 1900.
  • The top of the chimney is surrounded with translucent panels which glow blue at night and is known as the Swiss Light.
  • Tate Modern opened on 11th May 2000.
  • The cost of converting the power station into Tate Modern was £134 million.
  • Tate Modern was a key element in the regeneration of Southwark.
  • In 2001 the building was the recipient of the first Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building.

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Location

Bankside
Bankside
SE1
Tate Modern
Southwark
London
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

325.00 ft
325.00 ft
5
1963
2000

Involved Companies

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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