Heong Gallery, Downing College, Cambridge

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Eastern

Local Authority Area

Cambridge

Information about this scheme

This project for a new gallery for Downing College has transformed a modest maintenance building into a new public art gallery. The Gallery is made with timber: natural oak for the windows, doors and furniture, and painted boards for the ceiling. These materials are complemented by a floor in encaustic tiles - dark and absorptive, hard and precise, betraying its industrial origins. The single long rooflight, and windows connect the interiors to the East Lodge Garden and First Court, ensuring that the gallery has good natural light, creating a space that is equally comfortable for people as it is for art. Intimate outdoor space is carefully enclosed by a low wall made with reclaimed Cambridge stock bricks and paved in roman concrete that turns up at its edges to form both a foundation for the brick walls and a continuous seat. The gallery is free to enter, open to all and presents a range of artists. With a frequently changing exhibition programme, it has brought the college’s collection, previously behind closed doors, into the public eye. 

Credits

Architect

Caruso St John Architects

Client

Downing College

Landscape Architect

Studio Karst

Project Manager

Robert Lombardelli Partnership Ltd

Planning Consultant

Beacon Planning

Structural Engineer

Philip Harvey Associates Ltd

Services Engineer

WSP

Main Contractor

Buildings Department, Downing College

Primary Use Class

Class D1d - Display of Works of Art