The space’s new look comes courtesy of architects Holland Harvey, tasked with adapting Corner’s interiors – last updated around 20 years ago by Herzog & De Meuron.
In a bid to soften the cafe’s interiors, Holland Harvey has removed reflective panelling and fluorescent lighting and stripped back paint to reveal the wooden flooring underneath. Foam insulation has been used to round sharp corners, and a new riverside entrance beckons passersby, regardless of whether they’ve been to the gallery or not.
The final elements are the cafe’s new furniture, some of which comprises refurbed pieces rescued from the Tate Modern’s storage. Several pieces have been made using reclaimed materials, including tables produced from a mix of coffee grounds and shells and wooden benches crafted from ash trees felled to control ash dieback.
At night, Corner’s new built-in stone banquettes turn into a raised DJ booth at the press of a button.
The Corner at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom