Our project for Nottingham Contemporary sets out to offer a wide inventory of interiors that have the variety and specificity of found spaces, within a new building.
London based practice Caruso St John Architects have completed this art centre in Nottingham, UK. Caruso St John got selected to design Nottingham’s new Centre for Contemporary Art through an international competition in 2004. Caruso St. John Architects found their inspiration in the artists’ spaces in down- town New York during the 1960s.
The site for the new building is in a part of central Nottingham called the Lace Market, whose history and built form has parallels with the cast iron district of New York, giving the Centre a loose cultural connection to its site. In our design, we set out to offer a wide range of interiors that will have the variety and specificity of the found spaces of a factory or warehouse, within a new building: rooms that will challenge the installation and production of contemporary art and offer new ways for performers and audiences to interact.
The exterior of the Centre takes its inspiration from the amazing 19th century buildings of Nottingham, and in particular, from the impressive façades of the Lace Market.
The project has recently selected won the RIBA regional awards 2010.