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Caruso St John gallery for Damien Hirst set for 2014 opening

The new gallery in Vauxhall desgined by Caruso St John for British art star Damien Hirst is due to open in 2014

The practice has been working on the project in Newport Street, south London, since 2004 and won planning permission for the extension and conversion of a row of former industrial buildings back in September 2005.

Amendments for cycling provision and ventilation were submitted to Lambeth Council earlier this month and the artist told the Observer that the gallery, which will house Hirst’s personal art collection, is now set to open in 2014.

Describing the project as his ‘Saatchi gallery’, Hirst told the newspaper that the exhibition space would be a ‘place to show my collection of contemporary art’, which reportedly includes more than 2,000 pieces.

According to the practice the ‘gallery forms the whole length of the street, with three listed buildings flanked by new buildings at either end’.

The scheme, which includes office for Hirst’s comapny Science Ltd and a restaurant, will be clad in black engineering brick.

A major retrospective of Hirst’s work, including his controversial £50million diamond-encrusted skull work, will go on show at the Tate Modern from 4 April.

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