A Herzog & de Meuron Exhibition Emphasizes Architecture as Collective, Not Egocentric
Designing a truly great building is no easy feat. Among many things, it must be cognizant of history, responsive to the present, both inspiring and accessible, a symbol and a mirror. London’s Tate Modern—a former power station transformed into an art gallery in 2000, then extended in 2016 by the Basel, Switzerland–based architecture practice Herzog & de Meuron (H&dM)—achieves this mightily. It is exactly the type of building that feels at once inevitable to its location, sensitive to its surroundings, and instinctive to those who use and visit it.