RIBA names gallery in south London, designed to house Damien Hirst’s private art collection, UK’s best new building
Architect Caruso St John’s conversion of a row of industrial buildings into a gallery for artist Damien Hirst has won the 2016 Stirling prize.
The Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall involved the conversion of three listed industrial buildings and the addition of two new buildings on each end – one of which features a striking saw-toothed roof. Inside, the gallery spans over two floors, connected by a dramatic spiral staircase. ‘This highly accomplished and expertly detailed art gallery is a bold and confident contribution to the best of UK architecture,’ said the judges. “Internally, the five buildings are connected as a continuous and coherent sequence of light filled gallery spaces. The simple and logical circulation is enlivened by exquisitely detailed and sensuous staircases.’
The winner was revealed at a ceremony last night at the Royal Institute of British Architects in central London. Speaking at the event, RIBA president Jane Duncan said: ‘Caruso St John have created a stunningly versatile space from a number of linked buildings, with beautifully crafted staircases and superb details including tactile brick facades that blend the street externally and create a succession of wonderful gallery spaces.’
The Newport Street Gallery was chosen from a line-up that included the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford by Herzog & de Meuron; the City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, by Michael Laird Architects & Reiach and Hall Architects; Outhouse, Gloucestershire, by Loyn & Co Architects; Trafalgar Place, Elephant and Castle, London, by dRMM Architects; and Weston Library, University of Oxford by WilkinsonEyre.
This year’s judges were Patrik Schumacher, partner/director at Zaha Hadid Architects; Paul Monaghan, director of AHMM; Roisin Heneghan, co-founder and director of the Irish-German practice Heneghan Peng; Mike Hussey, founder of property developer group Almacantar; and artist Rachel Whiteread.