Switch House, Tate Modern extension, London

One of the largest modern art galleries in the world just got bigger, by over 22k sqm, and added probably the best free viewing platform in London. The Switch House is a striking ten story addition designed by the original architects of Tate Modern, Herzog & de Meuron.DSC09618DSC09603It can be entered from the Turbine Hall or via a walkway on level four.DSC09541DSC09606

I entered via the Turbine Hall to check out The Tanks, three quite surreal spaces that were briefly opened before work started on building the Switch House, and are now dedicated to live art.DSC09553 DSC09561DSC09551 Tate Modern Tanks DSC09558

I love the industrial details that have been kept in the design.DSC09563 DSC09564

Heading up through the floors offers a striking if very austere combination of concrete and wood.DSC09549 DSC09565 DSC09570 DSC09573DSC09612DSC09616

The floor plan gets progressively smaller toward the top, with events spaces, and staff and public restaurants.DSC09601

The public viewing platform at the top offers 360 degree views across central London.DSC09594 DSC09586 DSC09589 DSC09590 DSC09593 DSC09579

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