Despite its bold, uncompromising appearance and vast, awkward spaces, this old power station was a very interesting development prospect in the midst of London’s tourist hub. In addition, the location lacked connectivity to the north side of the river.
The importance of the building’s evocative architectural aesthetic was recognised and so the exterior was barely changed by its redevelopment. The vast turbine hall hosts annual installations as an elegant solution to its massive scale. A top floor restaurant provides excellent views of London and is a destination in its own right.
This modern art gallery has become a hugely popular destination, now linked to Central London by The Millennium Bridge. In 2012 alone, Tate Modern attracted 5m visitors. Its exterior continues to be an important feature of the London skyline.