The following series of photographs were taken in a recent visit to London. This visual material depicts the encounter of two contemporary architectural styles. One is the recently opened NEO Bankside development, a mixed use complex designed by Richard Rogers (Pritzker 2007). The other is the extension of the Tate Modern Museum projected by Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (Pritzker 2001) -still under construction.
Located on the Bankside district of London, both projects culminate the regeneration of this part of the city. Considering the nature of both designs, my impression is that the architectural tandem privileges the public sphere, promoting the inclusion of social spaces. The ground floor in both proposals allows the fluxes of pedestrians and cyclists. The cultural essence of the Tate Modern encourages the public space. The design of Rogers invites the visitor to move around the towers, surrounded by gardens.
Once the extension of the Swiss team is completed, it would be interesting to feel the impact of this encounter in the everyday life of the urban dwellers.