Tate Extension Approved: Now, Let's Give It A Nickname

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Tate Extension Approved: Now, Let's Give It A Nickname

Giant mecha turd or tasteful extension?

The twisty poo-hewed extension to Tate Modern has won planning approval from Southwark Council. The £215 million edifice will provide extra galleries for the venue, which often operates at more than twice its design capacity.

Herzog and de Meuron's scheme is attracting mixed opinions. Some find its colours and lines a neat match for the parent building, while adding a modern twist. Others think it resembles a giant mecha turd. Still others (well, us), think both at the same time. Whatever your opinion, it looks like this is getting built. And soon. The gallery are confident it can be completed by 2012, and a third of the money has already been raised.

But the most important question: what do we call the blighter? No building in London - from Big Ben to the Gherkin - is complete without a nickname and 'Tate Modern Extension' is too unwieldy. Check out images of the building from different angles, then stick your suggestions in the comments.

Last Updated 02 April 2009


The iSaw?


The Taterhorn?


Quite obviously, the Twisty Poo?


The '"My kid could do better than that" - On permanent loan'.


It reminds me of a walnut whip.



The Cheese-Grate Modern.

What an ugly, soulless structure.


Yeah, but when does any new building have a 'soul'? These things take time to acquire. Surely a place needs a bit of history before we can use such anthropomorphic terms to describe them.


Tate toblerone


The design looks a lot like that of the de Young museum in San Francisco – also a Herzog and de Meuron creation. And, having visited that structure recently, I can offer that it is strikingly brilliant 'in the flesh' (although I can see how it might appear less so in the mock-ups).

Consequently, I'm pretty optimistic about the Tate Modern extension.


I vote "The Melting Tate Toblerone" :)