Ten floors of eating, socialising and of course, culture, all for free!
By Steph Dye (follow Steph on Twitter: @HelloIAmSteph)
Sixteen years on from the unveiling of the Tate Modern in 2000, the Tate brand, which owns four galleries around the UK, have finally unveiled a new building on the Tate Modern’s Southbank site. Attributed as the world’s first space devoted exclusively to live film, art and installations, the new building will offer 60% more space set over ten floors, extending the vision of The Tanks, upon which the new building is built upon.
Built with a similar brick (in order to match the existing building), the structure is about 2/3 of the height of the turbine tower and is striking, with sharp, modern lines – in complete contrast to the squat, pre-existing building.
Located away from the river, the new building will have a number of important spaces, including rooms for members, young people and dining areas, as well as brand new roof terrace, boasting 360 degree views of the city. In an effort to make the Tate Modern a greener enterprise, the site will now include two outdoor garden spaces and a has reduced it’s carbon footprint by taking advantage of state-of-the-art building materials, recycling excess energy to give back to the local community.
What: The new Tate Modern building opens.
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9EG.
When: The building opens to the public on Friday 17th June.