London art gallery to have two public landscaped spaces

New plans for the £215m Tate Modern art gallery in London give a stronger thrust to landscape and the public realm.

Two new public spaces will include a southern square modelled as a city piazza decked out with sculpture overlooking space for performance art.

The second external area will be a new garden to the west of the pyramid-shaped building and the landscape will be designed for families and children.

Tate director Nicholas Serota and architect Jacques Herzog, a partner of Swiss architecture practice Herzog & de Meuron, revealed the revised plans last week.

The new 11-storey design will include a perforated brick screen through which the building will glow at night.

The old scheme was said to look like stacked boxes, was not as eco-friendly as the new building and had less emphasis on landscape.

The new 21,000sq m building and landscape is due to be completed in 2012.

Funding for the new gallery has included £50m from the Government, £7m from the London Development Agency and £13m from the private sector.

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