Navigation

Basel architects receive prestigious award

Bankside Power Station was transformed into Tate Modern by Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Keystone

Herzog & de Meuron, the Basel architects who designed the Tate Modern in London, have won a prestigious Swiss award for their artistic contribution to cultural life.

This content was published on January 12, 2001 - 10:07

Worth SFr25,000 ($15,340), the Max Petitpierre Prize has been awarded every two years since 1984 to Swiss achievers in the fields of science, politics and the arts. Previous recipients include the astronaut Claude Nicollier, the sculptor Jean Tinguely and the conductor Armin Jordan.

Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, both of them born in Basel in 1950, founded their architectural practice in 1978 after completing their studies at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Since then they have been involved in design projects throughout Europe and the United States, and received international awards for their work by arts organisations in Germany and Italy.

Their most high profile commission was the transformation of the former Bankside Power Station, next to the Thames in London, into Britain's national museum of modern art, the Tate Modern.

Since it opened last year, the Tate Modern has attracted huge numbers of visitors who go there not only to see its contents but also the building which houses them.

swissinfo and agencies

Articles in this story

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI swissinfo.ch certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at english@swissinfo.ch.

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?