In June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension known as the Switch House opened its doors. It is 10 stories high and it allows 60% more artworks from the Tate collection to go on show.
The architecture looks great and uses a bricks similar to the original building. What I didn’t know and just read about is that the facade is made of “a perforated brick lattice through which the interior lights glow in the evening”. Sounds very interesting so I have to go back to see it after dark some time!
On the top of the Switch House is a viewing gallery, from where you have an amazing view all around. With the Tate and the Skygarden in the city there are now two amazing free viewing platforms, which I’ll recommend to anybody who is coming to London!
The interior architecture of the Switch House is exceptional itself and one could be forgiven to be as interested in the building as in the amazing artwork it features.
As a street photographer I was especially interested to observe the visitors instead. I caught a lot of them on their phones :)
To be fair, with the Tate Modern now being the biggest museum of modern arts on earth, people do need a break sometimes!
In the Tanks on the ground floor there were video installations by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The following photos just give an idea of it, but you have to see it for yourself.
There is so much else to discover, especially with a camera! I just leave it there with a couple of photos, one of a mirror installation and another one made inside a big box :)