case: 2016 RIBa Stirling Prize winner

 RIBA Stirling Prize 2016

(Above: The saw-tooth roof of Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John Architects, winner of the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize. Image: Hélène Binet.)

Newport Street Gallery, the conversion of almost an entire street of listed industrial buildings in south London into a free public gallery for artist Damien Hirst’s private art collection by Caruso St John Architects, has won the coveted 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.

Now in its 21st year, the RIBA Stirling Prize sponsored by Almacantar, is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize.

Newport Street Gallery involved the transformation of a street facing a railway line in Vauxhall, south London. Three listed Victorian industrial buildings, formerly carpentry and scenery painting workshops for West End theatres, have been remodelled and flanked at either end by entirely new buildings; one with a striking, spiky saw-tooth roof.

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(Above: Former scenery workshops were transformed into the art space. Architects: Caruso St John. Image: Hélène Binet)

The ground and upper floors within the interconnected five buildings are continuous, with new spiral staircases on their side, to create flexible spaces able to accommodate everything from individual works to larger shows.

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(Above: Spiral staircases connect gallery floors. Architects: Carus St John. Image: Hélène Binet).

This is the first time Caruso St John architects has won the RIBA Stirling Prize; it was shortlisted for the award for Brick House, west London in 2006 and New Art Gallery Walsall in 2000.

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. This project exemplifies the best of UK architecture – a highly considered and creative project that brings to life a previously-unloved pocket of the city. I am delighted to present architects Caruso St John with the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Newport Street Gallery was chosen by the judges today from the following outstanding shortlisted entries:

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford by Herzog & de Meuron
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
Weston Library, University of Oxford by WilkinsonEyre

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