Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham, United Kingdom 2004–2009

Client: Nottingham City Council

The commission for the Nottingham Contemporary was won in an invited competition organised by the City Council. The artistic ambition of the project, encompassing object-based visual art and time-based performance art, has its origins in the artist-run spaces of downtown New York in the late 1960s, and in the work of artists like Gordon Matta Clark and Trisha Brown, whose work was directly engaged with the spaces of the city.

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Site plan

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Ground floor plan

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Mezzanine floor plan

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South elevation

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North elevation

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West elevation

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Cross section

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Long section

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External envelope of concave precast concrete panels with embossed cherry blossom lace pattern

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Central gallery reflected ceiling plan

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Central gallery roof coffer detail

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Detail plan of the North façade (Weekday Cross)

Façade fabrication

Façade fabrication 1

Guaranty Building, Adler & Sullivan, 1896. Buffalo, New York, United States

Façade fabrication 2

Nottingham Trent University (Lace Archive). Museum of Costumes and Textiles, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Machine made Valenciennes Lace, 1847. Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Study model of precast cladding system

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Detail of concrete façade panel with lace patterns

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Production of precast cladding panels

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Detail of precast cladding panels with lace patterns

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In Conversation

Adam Caruso at Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom

4 October 2018

Adam Caruso will be in conversation at Nottingham Contemporary with Luke Jones and George Gingell from About Buildings + Cities. The event is free but booking is required.


Trix & Robert Haussmann

Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom

14 July - 7 October 2018

Nottingham Contemporary presents the first UK retrospective of the works of Swiss architects and designers Trix & Robert Haussman. Caruso St John have conceived the design for the exhibition.

Nottingham Contemporary and Chiswick House Cafe have been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

Nottingham Contemporary and Downing College have won RIBA regional awards.


Adam Caruso at 'Narrative Space'

Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom

21 April 2010

Adam Caruso will be giving a talk at Nottingham Contemporary as a part of the University of Nottingham and the University of Leicester's Narrative Space conference.


Adam Caruso in conversation with Thomas Demand

Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

2 November 2009, 7pm

Chaired by Alex Farquharson, director of Nottingham Contemporary.


Nottingham, United Kingdom


Nottingham City Council

Construction cost

3,500 m²

Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John

Project architects
Adam Khan (2004-06),Bernd Schmutz (2009), Stephanie Webs (2005-09)
Tim Collett (External works, 2008-09), Christiane Felber (Fit out, 2009)

Project team
Christiane Felber, Adam Gielniak, Emily Greeves, Kornelia Gysel, Viktor Jak, Adam Khan, Ah-Ra Kim, Davih Kohn, James Payne, Sabine Rosenkranz, , Kalle Söderman, Frank Wössner

Collaborating artists
Matthew Brannon, Pablo Bronstein, Nathan Coley

Structural engineers
Arup, Elliott Wood Partnership

Services consultant

Cost consultant
Jackson Coles

Project managers
Jackson Coles, Mouchel, Segue Consultancy Ltd

Access consultant
David Bonnett Associates

Lace patterned façade
University of Derby, Nottingham Textile Museum, Trent Concrete

Theatre consultant
Charcoalblue Ltd

Main contractor
Sol Construction Ltd

Hélène Binet

RIBA Award
Selected Work, EU Mies van der Rohe Award