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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Now, I'm not Prince Charles....

...and I don't generally consider myself to be an architectural luddite (who knows, perhaps I'll change my mind when it's built), but the extention they're now going to build on the side of the Tate Modern building just does NOT seem right to me.

Apart from the fact that the existing brick building will immediately lose its imposing and majestic feel, this new addition shows absolutely none of the sympathy and respect for it's former industrial purpose that the original architectural renovators were so careful to employ.
What's even more bizarre is that they're actually the same people.

'Plans for a £215m extension to London's Tate Modern gallery have been given the go-ahead by Southwark Council.
"We are delighted," said Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota, who hopes to open the 11-floor glass building in time for the 2012 Olympics in London.
The site is intended to provide more space for the Tate's collection and will help combat overcrowding at the gallery, which received 4.9m visitors last year. The 23,000 square metres of space will include areas for contemporary art, several galleries and two performance zones.
The project was designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. Last month, they received the Royal Institute of British Architects' gold medal for work including their redevelopment of the Tate Modern.
The cost is expected to be comparable to Tate Modern's original construction bill.'

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