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London’s big Switch
The Tate Modern opens its 10-storey extension
The Tate Modern receives five million visitors a year, but when it was built 16 years ago in 2000, it was designed for only two million. The museum opened a new 10-storey extension in June and the pyramid-shaped Switch House increases the gallery’s space by 60 percent. Its façade is a lattice of bricks; inside concrete columns and high ceilings evoke the site’s industrial past as an old power station. The Switch House features art from the 1960s onwards with a focus on work by women and artists from outside of North America and Western Europe. There’ll be more installations and performance art, more cafes and social spaces. The 10th floor roof terrace has 360-degree views of London’s skyline as well as the River Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. Admission is free, except for special shows. [tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern].
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