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Old July 29th, 2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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London...Tate Modern to get a huge addition

I'm not sure how much I like this addition


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LONDON, ENGLAND— Tate Modern, Britain's most popular art gallery, plans to build a $400 million extension to its riverside home.
The gallery said Tuesday that the ziggurat-shaped glass building, due to be completed in time for the 2012 London Olympics, would almost double the facility's exhibition space.
The expansion will be financed through a combination of public and private funding, including $13 million from the London Development Agency. It will be built by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, who created the gallery from a former power station.
Designed to accommodate 1.8 million visitors a year, the gallery now gets more than 4 million, Tate director Nicholas Serota said.
The 230-foot structure — which requires planning approval — will include 10 new galleries and two performance spaces. It will be built on the site of an electricity substation on the south side of the gallery.
"Over the past few years, the expectations of visitors to museums everywhere have transformed," Serota said. "They expect a different kind of experience. I think the new building will provide the means for that.''
He said the gallery was confident that it would be able to raise the money to complete the project on time.
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Old July 29th, 2006, 09:15 PM   #2
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I like it, never been to tate, but the day I go to london it will be on my to do list. The use of super clear glass is getting quite old though, It would of look more incredible if the glass had some color to it.
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Old July 29th, 2006, 09:27 PM   #3
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there is a much better thread than this already with far better images of it.
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Old July 30th, 2006, 12:10 PM   #4
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Old July 31st, 2006, 06:30 AM   #5
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Can't they just use that huge entrance hall that now sits empty?
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Old July 31st, 2006, 03:00 PM   #6
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I guess they want to retain the feeling of space, and keep that area empty.

As for the extension, I like it
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Old July 31st, 2006, 05:08 PM   #7
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That looks pretty cool
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Old July 31st, 2006, 10:40 PM   #8
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I think it will look great
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Old July 31st, 2006, 10:53 PM   #9
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And the entrance hall keeps the building intact with how it was when it was a power station. It's a great space for huge art structures too, like giant spiders and turbines.
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Wow..

It's really cool...i love it
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Old August 6th, 2006, 04:24 AM   #11
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Yes, London needs something spectacular, something what would catch anyone's eye when it comes to design of art galleries. It's going to be the one.
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