Abstracts – Tate Modern

The new building is ten-storeys on top of The Tanks – the world’s first gallery spaces dedicated to live art, film and installations – its height responding to the chimney of the existing Tate Modern building which was originally designed as a power station by Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1950s. Its twisting, pyramid-like shape will be a memorable addition to London’s skyline and will offer 60% extra space for visitors to explore.

From The Tanks on Level 0 you can go all the way up to Level 10 and enjoy the spectacular new roof terrace with 360-degree views of the river Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the dramatic London skyline.

Abstract Tate Modern

Serpentine Gallery Architecture

It’s become an annual event, not just in the world of art but in the cultural calendar of London, since 2000. Every year, an architect from abroad is commissioned to design a pavilion to be built and displayed on the lawn opposite the gallery between June and October. The first pavilion was designed by Dame Zaha Hadid when Peyton-Jones requested a temporary construction to honour the annual fund-raising summer party – and it’s become a regular fixture ever since.

The 2016 pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels

From the futuristic to the avant-garde, the designs over the last seventeen years have comprised a diversity of artistic talents and outlooks. This year’s structure, Bjarke Ingels’ ‘unzipped wall’, transforms a straight line into a three-dimensional space. In 2013, Sou Fujimoto’s ‘cloud pavilion’, made out of thin white steel bars, attempted to blur the boundary between architecture and nature. In 2009, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa created an ephemeral metal roof sat on delicate columns to resemble a floating pool of waterSerpentine Sculpture