Architect behind the Tate St Ives art gallery in Cornwall, which was opened in 1993
When a new Cornish outpost of the Tate Gallery was commissioned in 1989, hoping to attract 70,000 visitors a year, the idea of building a major cultural attraction to stimulate the local economy was barely understood. A competition for the old gasworks site was won by the life/work partnership of Eldred Evans and David Shalev, who based their design on the site’s old foundations to keep within budget.
A circular entrance reused the footings of the gasholder. It was large because the cost of flooring-in the broad drum was too expensive, but the full-height windows gave stunning views across Porthmeor beach and the architects knew that a similar drum had worked well at the Cardiff National museum.