From diagram to architecture: Tate Modern extension redesigned by Herzog and de Meuron.

The redesigned extension to the Tate Modern contemporary art museum in London, launched today, shows Jacques Herzog moving from what would effectively have been a built diagram of stacked boxes – his first attempt of two years ago – into something considerably more smoothly sculpted. It’s turning into architecture. He has also abandoned the somewhat quixotic glass cladding to his Mark One scheme – this is to be a south-facing building, remember – in favour of a considerably subtler perforated brick skin.

Text, photos and audio interview with Kathryn Gustafson © Hugh Pearman, September 2008. Video interview with Hugh (via hyperlink) by Amanda Baillieu of BD.