Award: Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2016
6th October 2016, London, United Kingdom
Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2016.
“The transformation of almost an entire street of listed industrial buildings in south London into a free public gallery for artist Damien Hirst was described by the judges as ‘a bold and confident contribution to UK architecture’.
The judges also described Caruso St John’s approach to conservation as ‘irreverent yet sensitive, achieving a clever solution that expresses a poetic juxtaposition of old and new’.
‘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.’
It is the third time lucky for Caruso St John – which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The practice was shortlisted for the Brick House in 2006 and the New Art Gallery Walsall in 2000.
The judging panel, which was chaired by Zaha Hadid Architects’ Patrik Schumacher, included AHMM’s Paul Monaghan, Heneghan Peng co-founder Roisin Heneghan, Mike Hussey, founder of sponsor Almacantar and artist Rachel Whiteread.
Speaking at the awards ceremony held at Portland Place tonight (6 October), RIBA president Jane Duncan, said: ‘With Newport Street Gallery, Damien Hirst has made an exceptional contribution to the UK’s strong history of private patronage of architecture. Not only has Damien opened up his enviable private art collection to the world, but he has commissioned a real work of art to house it in.
‘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.”
Mind that the architect Adam Caruso was a Keynote Speaker on the 14th International Docomomo Conference, held in Lisbon, where he debated the binomial “Old/New”, and presented some of the works of Caruso St John Architects.
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