Perched on the cliffs overlooking St Ives’ Porthmeor
Beach, with views across Cornwall’s rugged coastline, Tate St Ives will officially open its much-anticipated new exhibition space on 14 October, designed by Jamie Fobert Architects ( jamiefobertarchitects.com).
The £20 million project, which involved a painstaking excavation of the cliff face, has been four years in the making. The result will be nothing short of astounding. The buried extension features a landscaped garden roof – visitors heading to the beach below may not even notice that they are walking above works of art. Equally as impressive is the new Pavilion, which will be clad in ceramic tiles with a blue-green glaze that changes colour depending on the weather and the aspect of the sun. This is a building that’s truly part of the landscape.
Front of the queue to make use of the space will be British sculptor Rebecca Warren, with her first major solo show in the UK. Book now to see her roughly-hewn figures occupying this new landmark (tate.org.uk).