The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge

Downing College, Cambridge

This project consisted of the conversion of a Grade II Listed Building to create a new art gallery for Downing College. Designed by Caruso St John Architects, the two storey building was originally an old stable block, latterly used for offices for the maintenance staff at the College. The building has now been converted into an understated, elegant art gallery, creating two main areas, a single storey entrance foyer and a double height space main gallery. Both the foyer and the gallery have a large picture-window with views out onto the adjacent college gardens.

Outside, the building is finished to reflect the original stable block design, with a mix of old reclaimed facing bricks, oak frames and cladding, reflecting the old stable doors. The entrance to the building is enhanced through the creation of a new court at the College (called First Court), which leads to both the art gallery and the newly converted Battcock Lodge, used mainly for student accommodation and conferencing facilities.

The building recently won a RIBA design award for the east region 2017.

Client: Downing College
Architect: Caruso St John Architects
Contractor: Downing College Buildings Department
RLP roles: Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor
M & E Consultants: WSP
Structural Engineers: Philip Harvey Associates Ltd
Landscape Architects: Studio Karst
Planning Consultant: Beacon Planning