Tate St Ives: a stunning new gallery, bullied into hiding

A clever underground extension makes the most of St Ives’ magical light and allows it to stay open all year long. It could have been truly great – if local resistance hadn’t cramped its style

‘Stop the Tate’ was the slogan emblazoned across posters in the windows of St Ives in 2005, when the seaside art gallery unveiled its plans to expand. The museum was getting too big for its boots, claimed curtain-twitching critics, and losing touch with the character of the small Cornish town. Twelve years and £20m later, the gallery has doubled in size, but, from the outside at least, you would be hard-pressed to notice.

by Oliver Wainwright at The Guardian

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