Hirst Gallery project wins Stirling Prize for Caruso St John

Caruso St John Architects has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 with its London gallery designed for artist Damien Hirst

Described by judges as a beautifully curated collection of buildings, Newport Street Gallery in south London is the 21st winner of the prize, awarded for the biggest contribution to British architecture in the last year.

The project, which stretches along an entire street, creates a space for Hirst to exhibit pieces from his personal collection, which includes works by Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Pablo Picasso.

The gallery occupies a 300-year-old red brick warehouses – originally used for theatre carpentry and scenery production – and two new brick structures, including one with a spiky saw-tooth roof.

The project was selected ahead of five other shortlisted projects: Blavatnik School of Government by Herzog & de Meuron; City of Glasgow College by Michael Laird Architects, and Reiach and Hall Architects; Outhouse by Loyn & Co Architects; Trafalgar Place by dRMM Architects and Weston Library by WilkinsonEyre.

Judges included Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher, AHMM co-founder Paul Monaghan, Heneghan Peng director Roisin Heneghan and artist Rachel Whiteread.