Caruso St John has won a RIBA International Award for its ‘innovative and joyful’ conversion of the Veemgebouw in Eindhoven, which has transformed the 1940s warehouse for the Philips electrical company into a modern mixed-use urban building.

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Caruso St John have designed an exhibition of sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, Bruce Nauman and Pablo Picasso for Gagosian's Grosvenor Hill gallery.

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Under construction

Office Building, Stampfenbachstrasse
Natural Stone Facade

Zurich, Switzerland

Quarrying is underway for the Verde Spluga stone cladding for the principal façade of the new AXA office building on Stampfenbachstrasse in central Zurich.

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Royale Belge has won a European Heritage / Europa Nostra Award for Conservation and Adaptive Reuse. Overseen by the European Commission in partnership with Europa Nostra, the awards celebrate and promote the highest standards in heritage interventions, research, and education, training and awareness-raising, as well the longstanding dedication of professionals and volunteers.

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Competition

Thune Skøyen

Oslo

10th April 2024

Caruso St John have won first prize in an invited competition to redevelop the historic Thune industrial complex in Skøyen, Oslo. The plan for Thune will transform a series of factory buildings dating back to the 1890's into a mixed-use neighbourhood, with a programme that includes cultural, leisure, and retail facilities alongside office and coworking spaces, light-industrial workshops, and social housing.

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Planning permission

Durolux Building, Cham

Zurich

Planning permission has been granted for the renovation of a listed 1950s industrial building in the centre of the town of Cham on the banks of Lake Zug. The building will be converted into flexible workspace as part of the redevelopment of the Papieri-Areal industrial site.

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Planning permission

Gutstrasse Cooperative Housing

Zurich-Wiedikon

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of two new apartment blocks and a building for a kindergarten and administrative offices for housing cooperative BiG (Baugenossenschaft im Gut) in Zurich-Wiedikon.

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Victory!

ZSC Lions win Swiss National Hockey League

Zurich, Switzerland

30th April 2024

The ZSC Lions have been crowned champions of the Swiss National Hockey League after defeating rivals Lausanne HC in front of a home crowd at the Swiss Life Arena.

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Caruso St John have previously collaborated with the artist Rachel Whiteread, together with Marcus Taylor, on proposals for the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Park Gardens.

Recently, Rachel Whiteread made a cast in concrete of the steel staircase designed by the practice at the Gagosian Gallery, Kings Cross. The gallery in Kings Cross opened in 2004, and closed last year after moving to Mayfair.

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In conversation

Carbon Heritage

16th April 2024

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To coincide with the Flanders Architecture Institute's exhibition As Found, director Dennis Pohl will chair a panel discussion on experimental approaches to the transformation of existing buildings in Belgium and the UK. The discussion will feature Peter St John and Johan Anrys of 51N4E in conversation with exhibition co-curator Hülya Ertas. Register for tickets here

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Owen Hatherley takes an in-depth look at the first two volumes of Caruso St John's Collected Works for Sidecar, the blog of the New Left Review, charting the practice's origins in 1990s London and its 'principled refusal' of the tenets of the so-called starchitects that rose to prominence during that decade.

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Awards

Royal Belge wins at MIPIM

Cannes, France

14th March 2024

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Royale Belge has won plaudits at the annual MIPIM real estate fair in Cannes. The project was shortlisted in two categories at the MIPIM Awards, Best Conversion and Best Mixed-use, and triumphed in both.

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A+U magazine has published a second issue dedicated to the work of Caruso St John. The publication covers projects undertaken since 2015, with a particular focus on the practice's work with existing structures.

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This second volume in Caruso St John’s Collected Works is published this month by MACK. The publication traces an interlacing set of themes through the practice’s work over the first twelve years of the twenty-first century. Its unique approach to history is revealed as a rejection of the myth of relentless novelty in favour of an understanding of the past as present and an interest in working with the existing. The influences of Milan, Chicago, and Rome on understandings of the city are explored, as well as the use of ornament and the place of Switzerland in shaping the practice’s evolving trajectory. Throughout these contexts, collaborations with contemporary artists including Thomas Demand and Damien Hirst continue to shape the practice's relations to the materiality and drama of space.

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Exhibition

What if?
Unbuilt Architecture in Switzerland

SAM Basel

25th November 2023 – 7th April 2024

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Two competition-winning projects by Caruso St John feature in What if? Unbuilt Architecture in Switzerland. The exhibition at Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum Basel offers a glimpse of an alternative Switzerland with a showcase of significant unbuilt projects from across the country.

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Planning permission

Twentieth Century Theatre

London

Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the Twentieth Century Theatre —a Grade II listed former music hall on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill— into a new venue for classical music.

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Planning permission

Düngerbau, Uetikon am See

Zurich

Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of a 19th century fertilizer factory at a former industrial site in Uetikon am See on the banks of Lake Zurich.

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Project update

New addition, Warehouse, Wiedikon

Zurich, Switzerland

The second floor of the Wiedikon Warehouse has been reorganised to welcome a new family member.

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Under construction

Office Building, Stampfenbachstrasse

Zurich, Switzerland

Construction has started on a new office building on Stampfenbachstrasse in central Zurich. The building, for multinational insurance company AXA, houses around 4,000 square meters of office space over seven floors.

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Rhythm is a Dancer

Tate Britain
Strictly Come Dancing

23rd September 2023

Tate Britain features prominently in the BBC's trailer for the 2023 series of its Saturday night dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

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Opening

Royale Belge

Brussels, Belgium

28th June 2023

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The project for the renovation of the Royale Belge in Brussels has now completed. An opening event was held on 28th June, hosted by Mix – a new venue encompassing a hotel, restaurant, gym and co-working space. The food hall and terrace on the ground floor has also opened, creating a new destination for the Watermaal-Bosvoorde area of Brussels. The project’s diverse functions are brought together by the new hall and staircase which creates a new centrepiece for the iconic building.

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Exhibition

The Whole City
Hamburg Competitions and Procedures 2017–2023

Hamburg, Germany

23rd June – 14th July 2023

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Several designs by Caruso St John feature in an exhibition by Hamburg's Department of Urban Development and Housing, presenting architectural competitions and procedures undertaken in the city from 2017 to 2023.

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Published by Mack Books, The Triple Folly presents an account of the collaboration between Thomas Demand, Caruso St John, and textile manufacturers Kvadrat, which led to the construction of the new pavilion at Kvadrat's headquarters in Ebeltoft, Denmark.

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In a publication presented by ETH Studio Jan De Vylder, Adam Caruso reflects on his experiences growing up in Montreal and family visits Mount Royal, the mountain located directly west of downtown and one of the city’s largest green spaces.

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