Newport Street Gallery London Architecture, Artist Damien Hurst’s Private Collection, Vauxhall Building

Newport Street Gallery London

Damien Hurst Vauxhall Building Development design by Caruso St John Architects, England, UK

22 + 20 Feb 2017

Newport Street Gallery for Damien Hurst in Vauxhall

Newport Street Gallery Building Wins Brick Awards

Northcot Project is the ‘Supreme Winner’ of the Brick Awards

New photos of this London art gallery building with delightful brick facades:

Newport Street Gallery Building London

Northcot Brick’s flagship project, the Newport Street Gallery, has been declared the outright winner of the ‘Supreme Award’ – the highest accolade given by the Brick Development Association (BDA) in its annual ‘Brick Awards’.

As one of the longest established and most widely respected building awards in the UK, the annual BDA Brick Awards recognise excellence in design and construction using brick.

The Newport Street Gallery not only claimed the 2016 ‘Supreme Award’ but also topped the ‘Best Public Building’ category. The judges were captivated by the ‘quietly spoken, assured confidence’ of the building, stating that the quality of the brickwork and associated detail was exceptionally high.

Newport Street Gallery Building London

For Northcot Brick, this is the second successive year that it has created a unique blend of bricks and matching specials for a BDA ‘Supreme Award’ winner, following the success of Manchester’s Whitworth in 2015.

Designed by architects Caruso St John, the Newport Street Gallery occupies a terrace of new-build and refurbished blocks that line Newport Street’s eastern side opposite the elevated railway arches in Vauxhall, south London.

Newport Street Gallery Building London

The project involved the conversion of three listed buildings, which had been purpose-built in 1913 as scenery painting workshops for the booming Victorian theatre industry in the West End. The gallery runs the length of the street, with the three Victorian buildings flanked at either side by new buildings.

The new semi-industrial facades were made with two distinct bespoke blends of brick, which were specially created by Northcot Brick, a manufacturer known for its advanced colour-matching expertise and traditional techniques, to closely match the ‘common’ style brick of the listed buildings.

Newport Street Gallery Building London

The majority was constructed in Newport Light blend (181,000 bricks) a hard pale brick, and Newport Dark blend (17,000 bricks), both of which were laid in a mixture of header and stretcher bonds.

In addition, 6,000 bespoke handmade and standard machine made special shapes were manufactured to the architect’s specifications to match both blend types.

The BDA Judging panel stated that the new brickwork successfully complements the industrial quality of the original building, maintaining its personality and rawness, perfectly meeting the criteria for showcasing Damien Hirst’s art: “The choice of brick on the exterior is absolutely spot on and seamlessly links to context. A beautiful hard brick that is modern but industrial in character.”

Michael Brown Managing Director Northcot Brick said: “It has been a privilege to work with Caruso St John and to be associated with such as prestigious and iconic building.

“This is the second time that Northcot Brick has created a bespoke blend of bricks for a BDA ‘supreme winner,’ underlining our commitment to manufacturing high quality, characterful brickwork that offers architects endless possibilities in creative design”.

Newport Street Gallery Building London

Newport Street Gallery Building London

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Newport Street Gallery Building London
photos © VIEW Pictures

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Newport Street Gallery Building in London

Design: Caruso St John Architects

2016 RIBA Stirling Prize Winner

Newport Street Gallery London
photo : 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 Building in London
photo : Hélène Binet

The presentation of the RIBA Stirling Prize trophy to Caruso St John architects took place at a special ceremony this evening (Thursday 6 October) at the Royal Institute of British Architects in central London.

Newport Street Gallery involved the conversion and 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.

The new additions have a specially-created hard pale red brick finish to closely reference the original buildings; while a huge LED panel on the railway façade encourages passing train commuters to visit. 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.

Newport Street Gallery Building in London
photo : Hélène Binet

Comments from the judges:

“This highly accomplished and expertly detailed art gallery is a bold and confident contribution to the best of UK architecture. 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.

“The collection of buildings is beautifully curated, pulled together by the use of brick yet still expressive of their individuality. The playful use of LED technology gives a contemporary addition to the façade.

“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.

“The gallery, which is free of charge, is a generous asset to an evolving community.”

Newport Street Gallery Building
photo : Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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

Speaking tonight, 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.

“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 London
photo : Hélène Binet

Peter St John, Partner, Caruso St John Architects said:
“It’s rare for architects to be given the opportunity to realise a personal vision of the quality of the Newport Street Gallery, and for that vision to have a generous public dimension. We see the building as a palace for direct, intimate and luxurious encounters with contemporary art, and we are very pleased that this award will bring more people to see this extraordinary collection.”

Damien Hirst said:
“Newport Street Gallery has realized my ambition to create an unobtrusive and beautiful series of buildings that work perfectly as a space to exhibit great art. I wanted to stay true to the history and roots of the building and Caruso St John understood that from the start. I am immensely proud of what we achieved and the reaction it has received in its first year of opening and hope people will continue to enjoy it.”

page updated 5 Oct 2016

Newport Street Gallery London Building

Design: Caruso St John Architects

Newport Street Gallery Shortlisted for Stirling Prize 2016

Newport Street Gallery London Shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 – 14 Jul 2016

A RIBA National Award Winner 2016 – 23 Jun 2016

Location: Vauxhall, Southwest London, England, UK

Newport Street Gallery Wins a London RIBA Award

Newport Street Gallery London
photo : Hélène Binet

The conversion of an entire street of listed industrial buildings into a free public gallery for artist Damien Hirst’s private collection.

Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall is the new home of artist Damien Hurst’s private collection.

Newport Street Gallery London
photo : Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Three Victorian workshops that were once used to create sets for West End productions have been bookended by Caruso St John’s new buildings; the five buildings now joined together seamlessly to create superb gallery spaces and a beautifully curated new street.

Newport Street Gallery London
photo : Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Newport Street Gallery London images / information from RIBA

Caruso St John Architects

Address: Newport St, London SE11 6AJ
Phone: 020 3141 9320

Location: Newport Street, London, SE11 6AJ, England, UK

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