RIBA Regional Awards 2014: South West / Wessex
Porthmeor Artists Studios and Fishermen’s Cellars
Long & Kentish Architects for Borlase Smart John Wells Trust
Refurbishing the old Cornish studios of the St Ives School, one of the UK’s most influential 20th century art movements, to improve their accessibility and thermal performance, the architect aimed as much as possible to retain the building’s existing state. This involved much painstaking removal, insulation and reinsertion, installing anew staircase and lift, and preserving the atmospheric fishermen’s cellars below. A new level of studios were added to keep rents affordable.