IF_DO have been selected to design the ‘Dulwich Pavilion’ - a temporary events structure in the grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery.
 
The Dulwich Pavilion project - made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from Almacantar - will be a highlight of the London Festival of Architecture 2017. The project brings together the world’s oldest public gallery and the world’s largest public architecture festival, and will be the stage for a vibrant programme of public events when it upens during LFA 2017 in June. We’re delighted that this partnership allows us to showcase emerging architectural talent, address some real practical issues facing Dulwich Picture Gallery, and offer a model that could be applied elsewhere.
 
IF_DO are a young architecture practice based in Camberwell, south London, close to the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The practice was established in 2014 by Al Scott, Sarah Castle and Thomas Bryans. ‘After Image’ responds to the solidity and monolithic nature of Sir John Soane’s gallery building, and the porous, ever-changing nature of the landscape. A series of translucent mirrored screens – some fixed, some moveable – reflect and disrupt the context. Fragments of the building appear in the landscape, and fragments of the landscape in the building, while the translucency of the screens creates an overlay of moving images of building, landscape and people. The lightweight structure also features a timber truss roof overlaid with a mesh veil to create a canopy-like environment that enhances the layering of images and the interplay of space, perception and memory.
 
In winning the Dulwich Pavilion commission, IF_DO overcame competition from a field of 75 entries, and at the final selection stage were shortlisted alongside Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Pernilla Ohrstedt and a collaboration between Tom Benton Architects, Hayatsu Architects and MJ Wells.
 
The Dulwich Pavilion competition was judged by a panel of leading architectural and cultural figures including Ian A C Dejardin (Sackler Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery), Kirsten Dunne (Senior Cultural Strategy Officer, Greater London Authority), Nancy Durrant (Arts Commissioning Editor, The Times), Mike Hussey (Chief Executive, Almacantar), Ruth Rogers (Chef and founder, River Café), Tamsie Thomson (Director, London Festival of Architecture) and Carl Turner (Founder and Director, Carl Turner Architects).
 
Commenting on IF_DO’s winning entry, jury member Carl Turner said:
 
Simple but sophisticated, edgy but engaging, IF_DO’s pavilion has many layers, but most importantly is conceived as an attractor for a new audience, designed to reach out to a wider public helped all the more that the practice are based in neighbouring Camberwell.’
 
Al Scott, Director at IF_DO said:
 
Being selected for the Dulwich Pavilion gives us a really exciting opportunity to create an inspirational structure for the London Festival of Architecture. Blurring the boundary between gallery and landscape, the pavilion creates a heightened sensory experience through a series of unfolding, translucent mirrored screens, inspired by the work of Sir John Soane.”