The Newport Street Gallery, commissioned by Damien Hirst to house his private art collection, won this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s leading architecture award.
Architects Caruso St John created the Gallery by linking three listed Victorian industrial buildings and two new ones, with beautifully crafted staircases and tactile brick facades. The Stirling Prize judges called the work “a bold and confident contribution to the best of UK architecture” stressing the architect’s ingenious poetic juxtaposition of old and new.
DBR London was immensely proud to be a part of this project. Our work included the painstaking restoration of the Victorian brick facades and gallery, which required extensive trials to establish the best methods.
Old painted coatings were chemically removed, and the brick facades was cleaned with a combination of DOFF, nebulous and JOS techniques. The extremely hard cement mortar was carefully removed from between the historic bricks by our masons, and the entire facade was repointed with traditional materials.
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