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Vote for Britain's best new building: Newport Street Gallery

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The Newport Street Gallery is one of six UK buildings up for the 2016 Riba Stirling Prize for architecture. A select line-up of judges will decide the winner, but the BBC, in partnership with Riba, is inviting you to vote for your favourite. Find out about the other buildings here.


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What is it and where?

Artist Damien Hirst's new gallery houses more than 3,000 pieces of art from his personal collection. Designed by Caruso St John, the gallery occupies a row of converted and extended former industrial buildings in Vauxhall, south London.

How much did it cost?

Confidential, but reported to be £25m.

What was the vision?

To link together the ground and upper floors of the five buildings, so the space can be used flexibly for different exhibitions. The two levels are connected with two (much praised) new spiral staircases. The proportions of the three Victorian workshops, with their low-level windows and high blank walls, are echoed in the design of the two new buildings bookending the former industrial units.

Image copyright Hélène Binet

What have people said about it?

"It's a sturdy yet finely crafted building on a tough site." Hank Dittmar, Building Online, August 2016

"Its location is rather uncool. Still - it is very, very Caruso St Johnny. Lovely staircase. Nice brickwork. Tasteful all round." Rory Olcayto, Archinect, July 2016

"It may be the creation of a multimillionaire artist with his own agenda to pursue, but it has a real and generous public spirit." Rowan Moore, Guardian, July 2016

Explore the other buildings on the shortlist

BBC Riba Stirling home page

Find out more about the BBC Riba Stirling Prize partnership

Credits: Video by Richard Kenny and Dave O'Neill Artworks © Jeff Koons and © Damien Hirst and Science ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2016, gallery images © Victor Mara


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