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The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is Britain's most visited tourist attraction, and one of the most celebrated museums of modern art in the world.

Beginning its life in 1947 as Bankside Power Station, this imposing building was designed by Gilbert Scott, who also designed London's other famous power station at Battersea, the House of Commons and perhaps most notably, the famous red London telephone box.

The Tate Gallery (now the Tate Britain) - founded by the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate - had by that time been at Millbank for a century, specialising in British art, but with a collection of modern European art, bequeathed by Sir Henry Lane. Looking to separate these two collections, the Tate engaged architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron to undertake £134 million conversion of Bankside power station to create the Tate Modern gallery, which was opened by the Queen in May 2000.

It's the most famous exhibition space is the enormous (3,400sqm and 5 storey) Turbine Hall, that once housed the turbines that generated central London's electricity.

I love this part of London, and love its history. From medieval den of vice, through to bombed out wreck, to smoke belching power station, to world-class gallery. It reflects London so well.

My model focuses on the original building, the garden in front and inside the gallery, some original modern art!

I think this would be a great fit alongside the other LEGO London landmarks, like Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

I hope you like it!

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