Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John, Stirling Prize 2016
Fotos: Hélène Binet
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has every year since 1996 given the Stirling Prize for best European building by a British author. Designed by the partnership of Adam Caruso and Peter St John, the Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, South London – home to the private collection of the British artist Damien Hirst – is the winner of the latest cycle. The other works shortlisted were: the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, by Herzog & de Meuron; the City of Glasgow College’s new riverside campus, by Michael Laird Architects in collaboration with Reiach and Hall Architects; the Outhouse private home near Wales, by Loyn & Co Architects; the Trafalgar Place apartment building in London, by dRMM Architects; and the renovation of the Weston Library at Oxford University, by Wilkinson Eyre. This is the first Stirling of Caruso St John Architects, which had been shortlisted twice before. The jury stated in its citation: “Caruso St John’s approach to conservation is irreverent yet sensitive and achieves a clever solution that expresses a poetic juxtaposition of old and new.” For Newport Street Gallery the London firm has restored three Victorian buildings which once housed carpentry shops where stage sets for the city’s theaters were built, and flanked them with two new structures. The five brick constructions are interconnected on the lower and upper floors, creating flexible spaces.
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