RIBA Announce Stirling Award 2016 winner! Damien Hirst Gallery!!

Caruso St Johns Newport Street Gallery, London

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery has won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture for the UK’s best new building.

Caruso St John Architects converted a street of listed industrial buildings in south London into a free public gallery to house Hirst’s private art collection, which includes works by Tracey Emin and Pablo Picasso. They were honoured at a special ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects on Thursday evening.

It is the first time the architects have taken home the prize, despite having been shortlisted twice before for Brick House in west London in 2006 and the New Art Gallery in Walsall in 2000. 

Newport Street Gallery involved the transformation of a street facing a railway line in Vauxhall. 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.

Congratulations to all involved and to the contractors, Walter Lilly.