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Prime Minister's Award Winner 2001: Tate Modern, London

Read the press release announcing the 2001 winner of the Prime Minister's Award

About the Project

Interior view of Tate Modern

The Tate Modern art gallery was named Britain's best public building in 2001, the first ever winner of the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award.

The former south London power station, converted into a national museum of modern art by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, was selected from a shortlist of 10 buildings.

"We started with the objective of creating a building that would make art accessible to large numbers and encourage new audiences. I think we have achieved this and have helped put Southwark on the world map." Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate

"The Tate Modern has set an exacting standard for the new award and shows how a well informed, clearly focused client can have the vision to produce a splendid building at excellent construction value"Sir Stuart Lipton, Chairman of CABE

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