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Dulwich Pavilion Competition Launch


The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery are on the lookout for emerging architects to create the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’ – a temporary outdoor visitor welcome space within the historic grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery to be opened in summer 2019 following a public exhibition of the shortlisted designs during the London Festival of Architecture this June.

The project builds on the success of the first ever Dulwich Pavilion – After Image by Bermondsey-based practice IF_DO – which was one of the triumphs of the London Festival of Architecture in 2017 and the Gallery’s bicentenary year. As well as helping the Gallery to overcome constraints for learning activities, attract new audiences and broaden its appeal to a wider demographic, the pavilion achieved critical acclaim and won multiple awards. The project was transformational for the Gallery as well as IF_DO: their first competition win resulted in global exposure, leading to a series of exciting new commissions that have enabled the practice to triple in size.

The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery now invite emerging architects to submit a portfolio based expression of interest to design the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’. The primary objective of the 2019 structure will be to offer visitors a refreshing welcome and orientation space to set the tone for their visit. The Gallery’s original building by Sir John Soane is recognised as an architectural masterpiece, and the competition organisers are looking for responses that reflect Soane’s innovative, high quality and problem-solving approach.

Following shortlisting by a panel of industry experts and cultural figures, models by six shortlisted practices will be on public display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from June-July 2018 as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, with the opportunity for visitors to enter a public vote for their preferred design.

The Dulwich Pavilion judging panel comprises leading architectural and cultural figures as follows:

  • Mary Duggan: Director, Mary Duggan Architects
  • Tom Dyckhoff: writer and historian
  • Al Scott: Director, IF_DO
  • Jennifer Scott: The Sackler Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • Tamsie Thomson: Director, London Festival of Architecture
  • Stefan Turnball: Trustee, Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • Oliver Wainwright: architecture and design critic, The Guardian

The winning design, selected by the panel and public vote combined, will be constructed at the Dulwich Picture Gallery to open for the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019.

The deadline for first stage expressions of interest is 5.00pm on Monday 9 April 2018. Further information on entry requirements and eligibility criteria is available at here and www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

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