London, United Kingdom 2007–2013
Client: Tate Grade II* listed RIBA English Heritage Award
Caruso St John was appointed by Tate Britain in 2007. The long-term commission has involved the development of a masterplan for the whole of the Tate Millbank site, building on the strength of the earlier west-side project, which was completed in 2000. The first phase of the masterplan was completed in 2013, and it involved work to existing galleries and to public areas around the Rotunda at the Millbank entrance.
Galleries within the south quadrant, the oldest parts of the building, were repaired and restored, and new sustainable environmental control systems were integrated into listed fabric. Circulation spaces around the Rotunda – at all three public levels – have been opened up, with new stairs and lifts now connecting all floors. New members' facilities at the upper level offer views of the River Thames and the city beyond, while a new café at the lower level is connected to a new terrace and lawn.
The new spiral stairs in the centre of the Rotunda allow the public atmosphere of the ground floor to extend down to the lower floor – an area of the building that was previously of secondary importance. At the lower level, the stair stands in the middle of the Crossing – a wide arched hall – with the new café, education spaces, and the Whistler Restaurant positioned around it. At the upper level, the new member’s area is arranged around the gallery overlooking the Rotunda. Adjacent to the member’s gallery is the River Room, which overlooks the Thames, and which involved the refurbishment of spaces that had once been galleries. The furniture for the members’ area and River Room was designed by Caruso St John.
The spirit of the changes is complex and multivalent. It engages the existing architecture – from Edwardian Baroque, through stripped 1930s Neo-Classicism, to dry 1970s functionalism – on its own terms. New interventions are not strongly differentiated from their context, nor embarrassed by the pomposity, jingoism or aridity of the existing architecture. The project seeks to heal the damage done to the building over generations, to blur the abrupt edits between work from different periods and, ultimately, to make a new and richer whole.
Caruso St John Architects' design for the rotunda staircase at Tate Britain is referenced in a security feature on the new JMW Turner £20 note, which entered circulation this week.
Tate Britain, Millbank Project has won a RIBA National Award in addition to the RIBA London Award and the RIBA English Heritage Award for Sustaining the Historic Environment.
Tate Britain, Millbank Project has won a RIBA London Award as well as the RIBA English Heritage Award for Sustaining the Historic Environment.
London, United Kingdom
Caruso St John's project for Tate Britain opens to the public. The project includes a new spiral staircase in the rotunda, public spaces on the lower level, and new facilities for Tate members on the upper level. The first phase of the project, focusing on the restoration of galleries in the South East Quadrant, opened in May 2013.
London, United Kingdom
2007–2013 (Phase one)
Grade II* listed
Total building: 25,300 m², Project area 6,600 m²
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Rod Heyes (2007-13), Michael Schneider (2006-07)
Neslihan Aydogan, Sam Casswell, Catija Christensson, Anna Cooke, Jonas Djernes, Alice Edgerley, Viktor Jak, Ah-Ra Kim, David Leech, Nina Lundvall, Tokuichiro Oba, Martin Pasztori, Amy Perkins, Silvia Pfaffhauser, Miguel Santamaria, Kalle Soderman, Joy Sriyuksiri, Angela Tsang, Iason Tsironis
Alan Johnston, Nicole Wermers, Richard Wright
Alan Baxter Ltd.
Max Fordham LLP
Turner & Townsend
Drivers Jonas Deloitte Ltd.
Bovis Lend Lease
RIBA National Award
RIBA English Heritage Award
RIBA London Award
Civic Trust Award
New London Architecture Award