Heong Gallery, Downing College

Cambridge, United Kingdom 2013–2016

Client: Downing College Developments Grade I listed setting

This project for a new gallery at Downing College in Cambridge, is Caruso St John’s most recent project for the College. The gallery is located close to the campus entrance gates, forming part of a new court that has transformed a complex and unsatisfactory situation at the College entrance. With the reorganisation of the entrance to Parker’s House student accommodation, a previously private service yard has become a new public space, First Court, whilst a modest maintenance building has been converted into a new public art gallery, the Heong Gallery.

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Exhibition design

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Dame Elisabeth Frink, Larger Than Life, 2017-2018

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Cambridge, United Kingdom


Downing College Developments

Grade I listed setting

178 m²

Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John

Project architect
Timo Keller (2013-15), Paul Maich (2015-16)

Project team
Catija Christensson, Will Pirkis

Structural engineer
Philip Harvey Associates Ltd

Services engineer

Cost consultant
Robert Lombardelli Partnership Ltd

Landscape architect
Studio Karst GmbH

Graphic designer
John Morgan Studio

Main contractor
Downing Buildings

Ioana Marinescu

RIBA East Award