Last week I pootled along to the new building at the Tate Modern, named Switch House. I admit I did pretend I knew how to get in…but failed at styling out getting lost a few times. Advice – it’s through the main turbine hall, then to the right.
I wasn’t expecting much, but boy did it impress. I was a little too over excited as I scaled the floors alone, so much so I stopped half way up because I wanted to experience it with someone and say “wow” alot.
The half that I did manage to see was awe inspiring.
The external facade is made entirely from bricks. Who knew they could be such beautiful items? Brutal yet delicate at the same time. I had my mouth open as I looked up at the scale of it, then remembered… pigeons.
Inside the mixture of materials, textures and the ingenuity of layout, gives you little glimpses of outside. The building image moves and adapts as you do, to give you new architectural forms at every turn. OK that’s my poncey talk over, for now.
All furniture in the cafes areas have been chosen from a selection of world class designers. Each light fitting is considered and the signage is industrial, sometimes projected onto the concrete walls. (fancy)
Between object and architecture was my favourite exhibition so far at Switch House, “the work in this display creates a dialogue with the materials and spaces of contemporary architecture.” Well yes, exactly what I would have said.
I was most interested in getting the best shot in this endless mirror piece. A Tate Modern day selfie is the best kind, I hope you’ll agree. (yes I have to shut my eye and actually look through the lense, old camera but a goody)
As I said, I became overwhelmed with the awesomeness of the building and so I’ll need to make at least 4 more visits, and maybe not drink coffee next time.
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