Aspex Gallery is located in part of the 1814 Vulcan Building, a large naval storehouse and Scheduled Ancient Monument within the former HMS Vernon area of the historic Portsmouth Docks. Following the Portsmouth Harbour Millennium Project, the gallery is now at the heart of the Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet and leisure complex.
It is an independent, contemporary art gallery that focuses on new and local artists as well as on education and uses the restored south wing of the building.
The scheme, which won GHA an RIBA Regional Award, complements the industrial found space with simple, contemporary interventions and strikes a balance between providing dedicated programme space and creating flexible main areas that maintain the original red brick volumes of the Regency storehouse.
RIBA Awards 2007