One of the most recognizable landmarks of modern London - the former power station ( Bankside Power Station) originally designed in the mid 20th century by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, also responsible for design of Battersea Power Station
In the early 21th century the building has become really famous after its conversion to a modern gallery.The architects , Herzog & de Meuron kept the original external brick fasades and dominating tower, but re-organized the accesses to the building and most of all the interiours, taking the adventage of great empty spaces, and a perfect environment to create something grandeur,simplistic, and very unusual.
They also added an extention made of half transparent plexi panels at the top floor, to make better proportions an give it more contemporary character
The main hall is called until today the Turbine Hall.
Interesting external feature is the bridge also by Herzog & de Meuron, across the River Thames that is linking two banks and it also draws the attention to St Pauls Cathedral at the other end.
A lot of landscape architecture features ( together with the sculpture of a giant spider "Maman" by Louise Bourgeois ) make the entire area tastefull and visitors friendly
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