Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Given the size of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern you wouldn’t think it would need an extension, but it did. Originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (of Battersea Power Station and red telephone boxes fame) it opened as a gallery in 2000 having been converted by Herzog & de Meuron — and the Swiss practice returned to create the new Blavatnik Building, with its powerful use of brick and twisting form. In one of our pictures taken from the public view gallery, you get a great view out over the burgeoning city and its oddly monikered buildings such as the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin and the Walkie-Talkie, down across the river to the Shard. Read Herbert Wright’s in-depth review of the project for Blueprint 347 here.