Tate Modern Courtesy of Tate
Exciting plans for a new building at Tate Modern have been submitted to Southwark Borough Council.
The £215 million scheme is due to be completed by 2012 and Tate has so far received £50million in funds from the government and £25 million from other sources.
The plans by architects Herzog and de Meuron aim to create a dramatic new museum for the 21st century and reveal how the new building will use the original oil tanks at the power station as a base and will rise out of them.
Herzog and de Meuron plan to use the original power station façade as inspiration and will use a perforated brick lattice that will allow the building to glow at night.
Plans also show how the new museum building will be environmentally friendly. It is hoped that where possible the museum will use 54 per cent less energy and emit 44 per cent less carbon than regulations require.
Tate Modern was originally designed for 2 million visitors per year when it opened but it now receives in the region of 5 million. It is hoped the new building will help ease the pressure on the existing structure.
The building is more compact than previous proposed schemes and offers more flexibility to adapt to different uses and exhibitions.