From six finalists the Newport Street Gallery in London, built to house the private art collection of artist Damien Hirst, has won the RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s leading architecture award.
The project involved the remodelling of three listed Victorian industrial buildings and the construction of two new ones. The architectural practice behind the scheme, Caruso St John, were also shortlisted for the prize in both 2000 and 2006.
The Stirling Prize judges called their work “a bold and confident contribution to the best of UK architecture” and went on to comment “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”.
Hunter Hardy, Head of Architecture at George F. White, stated “Personally I felt The Outhouse should have won as it is a great piece of new architecture in a rural setting, simply brilliant, but I am delighted to see existing Listed Buildings being given a whole new lease of life.”