Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London, UK
The London Tate Gallery of Modern Art is the most visited museum of contemporary art in the world. Its new structure is connected with the building of the old Tate Gallery. Two converted oil tanks of the ancient power station constitute the foundation of the Switch House. The structure itself is a 10-storey, pyramid-like tower that rises among the glazed residential and business buildings of the surroundings. It was designed by the architects who already constructed the old Tate.
The curtain wall consists of offset-stacked bricks and horizontal window strips, thus referencing Giles Gilbert Scott’s original Bankside Power Station. The translucent brick envelope creates a pleasant lighting mood.
Four of the ten storeys are connected via curved concrete stairs and provide space for art. The upper storeys accommodate event studios, offices, a restaurant and a lounge for Tate members. Visitors of the terrace on the tenth storey have a view of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London skyline across the Thames.
In cooperation with a market leader for innovative building envelopes, GU developed and installed catch-stays for the low-height, inclined Tilt-Only and Top-Hung sashes. On the west side of the building there is a brass revolving door from GU Automatic.