Art & Design: Tate Modern’s Oil Tanks

Two concrete chambers – former oil tanks – behind the Tate Modern building in London are currently being transformed into an exciting, public art space for live performance, installations, film and lectures.

The space, simply entitled Oil Tanks, has been re-designed by Swiss architect practice Herzog & de Meuron, with phase one of the project due to be completed and open in time for the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

Further development will include ten floors above the tanks – due to be finished in 2016 – which will create a 70% increase in space to display artworks at the renowned contemporary art gallery.

The project hopes to become a space where visitors can not only engage with art, but also learn and socially interact with one another, and will challenge the traditional notions of a museum, and art curation, for the 21st century.

“A museum is never ever finished, it is a constant work in progress, a constant process of change and transformation,” explains director of the Tate Modern, Chris Dercon.

The Tate Modern Project website gives further information on the regeneration, as well as videos of Jaques Herzog and Sir Nicholas Serota, and 360 degree views of the underground chambers. – Samantha Fox

Scroll down for further images from the project.

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