The Tate Tanks are raw, industrial spaces which will now provide an anchor and home for the live art and film programmes previously presented in diverse spaces around Tate Modern. These massive industrial chambers, former underground oil holding containers, have lain unused since Bankside Power Station was decommissioned in 1981. "Our intervention in these found spaces is as subtle as possible," state Herzog & de Meuron. "A meticulous mapping process of the existing concrete walls and ceilings revealed damages and conditions where careful patching was needed. The original patina with all its stains, marks and discolouration was preserved and the new concrete blends subtly into the overall patchwork. A row of new and inclined concrete columns penetrate the space and introduce a moment of structural force of what will be built above over the next years. "
The Tanks: Art in Action