7 facts about Tate Modern Extension: Switch House

Tate Modern's new extension opened to the public this weekend. The Tate expect well over 10,000 visitors over the three day celebration. But what do you really know about the museum and its famous collection? Do you know how many bricks make up the structure? We have the facts and figures you need to know about Tate's Switch House.

The original Tate Modern opened in 2000 and the architects who designed the building also designed the extension, Herzog & de Meuron"The form is something between a very rational form and a very irrational form, a pyramidal shape. It’s to do with the geometries of the land parcel, but also angles that will lead people into the galleries."
Jacques Herzog, architect

The Switch House was originally designed with a glass stepped pyramid, but this was amended to feature a sloping facade in brick latticework to match the famous power-station building.

The build is 64.5m high and has 10 storeys.

The site has been developed to accommodate more visitors, as Tate usually welcomes over 5 million visitors a year. The site was also devised to house more art from artists of more diverse backgrounds. 

The extension provides 22,492 square metres of additional area for more installations, displays, exhibition spaces, performance spaces, education spaces and more.

The new build is dedicated to art from the 1960s til modern day, so showcases contemporary art much like the original building.

The new tower did not come about without some controversy. The entire build cost £260m and the expansion has been in the works since the mid-2000s.  Thus the gallery has seen adjacent land values skyrocket for new structures such as Neo Bankside, where penthouses often go for over £20m.

There is also a 360 degree viewing platform where you can see a breathtaking view of sights such as St Paul's and The Shard.

Plan you visit to the newest part of London's immense skyline now!