Ten international cities to be built in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall


Francesca Martin
Wednesday February 7, 2007
The Guardian


It's had giant sugarcubes, a blood-red sunset and swirling fairground
slides - and now the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern is going architectural.
This June, inspired by last year's Venice Architecture Biennale, the
London museum's grand entrance hall will host an exhibition highlighting
the architectural aspects of 10 international cities.

The Venice Biennale took the theme of 16 meta-cities that had "defined
new issues and undergone profound transformations". The Tate is taking
the idea further by featuring new commissions from top architects. It is
thought participants could include big names such as Zaha Hadid.

The show will be Tate's second foray into the architectural arena,
following the 2005 Herzog & De Meuron show, which featured 250 design
models by the renowned architects. Herzog & De Meuron also drew up the
controversial cut-glass ziggurat plans for the Tate Modern extension -
plans that were recently defended by Tate director and architecture
enthusiast Sir Nicholas Serota. "One of the disappointments of the
millennium was that there were no new, modern buildings," he said. "This
will be leading-edge architecture, and like nothing we have seen in
London before."