Herzog & de Meuron’s oil tank gallery opens


An art gallery in a former underground oil tank, designed by Swiss giant Herzog & de Meuron, has opened in London.

Forming part of the Tate Modern, The Tanks is the world’s first museum galleries permanently dedicated to exhibiting live art, performance, installation and film works.

The Tanks is the first phase of the Tate Modern Project, which has received financial backing from the government and various foundations.


The massive industrial chambers have been unused since Bankside Power Station was decommissioned in 1981.

Herzog & de Meuron was behind the original conversion of the power station into the Tate Modern gallery in 2000.

It also designed a controversial ten-storey extension which is being built above The Tanks.

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