Retrofit of a sequence of spaces to provide a new flexible, learning facility for schools and families at the Tate Modern gallery.

IDK led the refurbishment of the Clore Hub in collaboration with learning and education teams at Tate Modern, designing a number of light touch interventions and an accompanying custom joinery and furniture set.

The project delivered new spaces which are more open, accessible and functional for school groups and families. Colourful and playful forms on a simple backdrop of newly proportioned spaces animate the underutilised basement area of the main public wing. Key spatial adjustments and enhancements were driven by Tate’s evolving needs, with the project working from the scale of the desk to the scale of the room. The outcome delivered increased capacity for the learning teams at Tate to cater for a critical, growing portion of the gallery’s visitors.

Designed to be inherently reconfigurable and flexible, the interventions prioritised adaptable functionality. Recognising the ever-changing demands that would be placed on the space, the team emphasised robust, quality material finishes. The high rate of occupancy, often by large groups of young gallery visitors, necessitated an easily cleanable, accessible design throughout.

Since opening, the space has been activated, brought to life and animated by workshops, take-overs, events and seminars. The Clore Hub is a key flexible piece within the Tate Modern and broader Tate network, facilitating and enabling the multi-functional operability of the institution.

Retrofit & refurbishment / Arts & culture
Collaborators: Cartlidge Levene, Counterculture LLP
Photography: Ollie Hammick / IDK