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Big plans for Transport Depot.

INTERNATIONALLY renowned architects Caruso St John have been selected to develop an initial vision to transform a Cardiff centre transport depot into a contemporary art venue.

London-based Caruso St John Architects are perhaps best known for a number of high-profile schemes underway at the moment, including the Gagosian Gallery, London and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Rome.

As part of their continuing discussions with the visual arts community, Cardiff 2008 highlighted a need for the provision of facilities and support for artists working in, and visiting Cardiff, along with the widely recognised need for a large international quality exhibition space.

The Transport Depot, a Grade II listed industrial building in Grangetown, is currently being used as a repair depot for the city's vehicle fleet.

This site offers access and proximity to and from the city centre, a unique architectural model, and the potential for over 2,000 square metres of exhibition space.

Caruso St John will be responsible for delivering the first stage designs through further consultation with artists and organisations in Cardiff.

Architect Adam Caruso said, ``The depot is a hidden secret near to the centre of Cardiff.

``Its transformation into a public place would be a revelation. We are really excited to be given the opportunity to engage with this fantastic industrial structure and to be part of the team developing ideas for a new kind of visual arts space, part production floor, part art laboratory. Our work will be to make things possible, and to allow the depot to develop in unexpected directions.''

Gordon Dalton, Visual Arts Coordinator for the city's bid to be named European Capital of Culture in 2008 added, ``Out of a stunning short-list, we were particularly impressed by Caruso St John and their genuine enthusiasm for The Depot.

``Their knowledge of contemporary art practice, along with a willingness to let the building and the activity within it speak for itself, was a major factor.''
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 28, 2003
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