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Tate Modern

Southwark
London ENG United Kingdom

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Finished1963
Floor Area34,500 m²
Building Uses
 - museum
 - education
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - chimney
 - atrium
 - sign
 - tower
Architectural Style
 - streamline moderne
Materials
 - steel
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof325 ft

Description
- Architect: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott
- Redevlopment Archtect: Herzog & de Meuron

- Length: 200 m

- Originally built as the Bankside Power Station in response to the power shortages of 1947, it was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who was also the architect of Battersea Power Station, the Liverpool Anglican cathedral and the famous British red telephone box.

- The building was completed in two phases, the western portion of the building in 1952, with the rest being completed by 1963. It was an oil-fired power generation plant.

- The Bankside Station was decommissioned in 1981 because the price of oil had become to expensive, and was not again occupied until it was opened as an art gallery on the 11th of May, 2000 after a £134 million renovation.

- Tate Modern stands at the heart of London, linked to St Paul's Cathedral by the new millennium footbridge.

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