Switch house is the latest addition to London’s ever developing skyline, but this time things are a little different with the architects of the Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron choosing a latticed brickwork and acute geometric angles to create a building which looks genuinely interesting in a modern London obsessed with glass and steel.
This 65-metre brickwork curiosity houses the new galleries of the Tate Modern, creating 60% more capacity and space for over 800 works. Connected to the original galleries housed in Giles Gilbert Scott‘s original Bankside Power Station, which was transformed by the same studio, Herzog & de Meuron back in 2000.
While providing a modern twist, the latticed brickwork of Switch House’s exterior in part matches the brickwork of the original power station. Perhaps it’s brickwork for the Instagram generation, with perforations allowing light to filter in during the day, and out during the night, resulting in the building glowing at night. The whole effect inside and out is a little bit special, and a must see for anyone and everyone.