Caruso St John has completed two new London galleries that have opened ahead of this weekend’s Frieze Art Fair
The 3,400m² Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, next to the railway leading to Waterloo statio, has been designed for artist Damian Hirst to display his private collection.
The project has converted and extended a terrace of listed industrial buidings that were purpose-built in 1913 for theatre carpentry and scenery painting.
Caruso St John has added two new additional buildings to the three buildings already on the site to create a gallery that spans half the length of the street.
The architect used similar proportions and materials that were used to construct the historic buildings.
The galleries include continuous ground and upper floors to provide flexible spaces for both large and small exhibitions. The two gallery levels are connected by new spiral staircases.
Elsewhere in the building is a new home for Hirst’s renowned restaurant Pharmacy and a shop.
North of the river, in Mayfair, the practice, working with with architect Tate Hindle, has completed its seventh gallery for Gagosian.
Two 18m-long galleries occupy a tall, single storey building with large windows that provide views into and out of the space.
The galleries are lit with a large glass leylight in the centre of each room that allows the curators to control the conditions.