One of London’s major visitor attractions has grown. Tate Modern, a vast repository of art, has an entire new wing. This distinctive twisted pyramid of a building is 10 storeys tall and a fitting addition to the main building, once a vast power station.
The stylish, spartan interior is an expanse of exposed concrete and untreated blond wood, while the windows are partly covered with the lattice of brickwork enveloping the exterior. The building is topped with a viewing platform which draws the crowds away from the art and to views of London.
This large new public space is as busy as the original gallery. But it was easy to capture pure architecture – and photograph visitors as they went about their business and interacted with this fresh place.
Here’s a small collection of extra photographs from my recent travels around London. There is still so much more to see…
A corner of London’s Hyde Park has sprouted a clutch of summer houses. These pieces of artful architecture are an extension of the Serpentine Gallery’s annual Pavilion, this year a tall, elaborate and elegant structure made up of individual boxes.
The star of the show has to be Asif Khan’s contribution, a very attractive formation of tall white struts which reach into the sky and capture light and form. And yes, there’s seating in the middle. There’s plenty of time to join other Londoners who have wandered around these installations – they will be in the park until 9 October. Oh, and bring your camera…
Summer in London hasn’t exactly been a hot, dry affair so far. The advent of July brought heavy showers interspersed with sunny spells – and a spectacular show. A vivid double rainbow occupied the sky over this corner of the metropolis. It remained solid and steady before inevitably fading away, more than enough time to capture it from my roof space. This was one occasion when monochrome simply didn’t get a look in.