Caruso St John Architects has won the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building, the first time the practice has received the award.
The winning project, Newport Street Gallery, is a conversion of three listed Victorian workshops into a public gallery in south London which is used by the artist Damien Hirst.
Caruso St John has twice been previously shortlisted for the Stirling Prize – for Brick House, west London in 2006 and New Art Gallery Walsall in 2000.
Speaking tonight, RIBA President Jane Duncan said:
“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.”
As part of the project, the converted industrial buildings – former carpentry and scenery painting workshops for West End theatres, were bookended by entirely new pale red brick buildings including one with a spiky saw-tooth roof.
The redevelopment also featured the conversion and transformation of a street-facing railway line in Vauxhall.
Newport Street Gallery was chosen from a shortlist featuring Herzog & de Meuron’s Blavatnik School of Government; Michael Laird Architects & Reiach and Hall Architects’ Riverside Campus at the City of Glasgow College; Outhouse Gloucestershire by Loyn & Co Architects; dRMM’s conversion of a former housing estate into new residential scheme Trafalgar Place in Southwark and Wilkinson Eyre’s refurbishment of a 1930s building Weston Library.