Less than a week after it was officially opened, David Adjaye’s Stephen Lawrence Centre has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage at the hands of vandals.
Six windows by Turner prize winning artist Chris Ofili were smashed by bricks in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to a police spokesman.
Designed by Adjaye at a cost £9.5 million, the centre in Deptford, south-east London, houses the Stephen Lawrence charitable trust as well as educational resources for young people. It named in honour of teenager Stephen Lawrence, who wanted to become an architect but was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that it is treating Thursday’s incident as racially motivated.
Marco Goldschmeid, a patron of the charitable trust and former RIBA president said “It’s despicable and shows we’ve got a long way to go. It’s a sad indictment of policies that just aren’t delivering racial tolerance.”